All over the land trumpets are being lathered in Brasso ahead of the fanfares that will herald Steven Gerrard’s last game for Liverpool before he leaves for America.
The harmonious blast of concentrated praise is certain obscure the parting of a second player for the same shores, a man who is one of the few in English football who can claim a similar stature to the Reds captain.
For Frank Lampard it will not be the first underheralded departure, but Chelsea’s all-time top scorer can at least console himself with the fact that he will likely make more of an impact when the pair pitch up on the other side of the Atlantic.
MLS 2015 season Gerrard v Lampard match bets for goals and appearances both see the pair inseparable on 17/20.
The Manchester City loanee looks a decent wager on both fronts too, if their final seasons in the Premier League are anything to go by.
Despite Gerrard being Liverpool’s designated penalty taker when on the pitch, Lampard’s goals per 90 minutes ratio remains 0.52 to his former ally in the dysfunctional England midfield’s 0.35.
At LA Galaxy it has already been confirmed that Robbie Keane will remain the club’s penalty taker by manager Bruce Arena, shutting off one avenue of strikes for the Anfield skipper.
When it comes to appearances Lampard should certainly have an edge on Gerrard, thanks to having played far less minutes of none-more-high energy Premier League football this term.
Both men are scheduled to begin work with their American employers in July and a hefty differential of 854 to the former Three Lions captain’s 2056 means the New York City man should be far more fresh for the challenge.
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