Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has stated he is keen to move forward from what he describes as 'probably the worst three months of my life', according to The Guardian.
After Liverpool came agonisingly close to winning a first league title in 24 years only for it to be snatched away, Gerrard had hoped the World Cup in Brazil would be a chance to over come the huge disappointment suffered at Anfield. It was not to be.
Three games without victory saw England exit at the group stage and saw proud captain Gerrard call time on an international career which saw him win 114 caps for his country. After a below-par performance in Brazil and Liverpool's commitments to Champions League football this coming season, the time was right to bring the curtain down on a stellar career with the national team.
Despite a season which saw him named runner-up to team mate Luis Suarez in the Football Writer's Association Player of the Year, it was Gerrard's unfortunate slip which allowed Demba Ba to open the scoring as Chelsea won 2-0 at Anfield and hand the initiative back to Manchester City in the Premier League title race. It was a difficult moment for the Liverpool skipper, with the Premier League title the only medal missing from his vast club collection.
Speaking about the moment Gerrard said: "I don't have to watch something like that to go through the pain again and again.
"It's probably been the worst three months of my life. But you have to accept it, you cant change it.
"It (the slip) was cruel. I haven't lost my man at a set-piece, I haven't missed a penalty or made a bad pass or a mistake.
"Every person on the planet slips at some point in their life, whether it is on the stairs or on the floor. For me it happened at a bad moment."
On speaking of his hopes to bounce back at the World Cup, Gerrard added: "It backfired. I have had two unbelievably massive lows in a short space of time."
At 34, Gerrard will be hoping there is still time for redemption and possible gain of the elusive league winners medal. Liverpool's strong showing last season has cause for optimism, although the departure of star man Suarez to Barcelona has left a hole that needs to be replaced. Gerrard will hope some of the club's summer additions including Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Dejan Lovren can have a positive impact and keep the high of Brendan Rodgers reinvention of the side on an upward curve.
For the ending of a career of a player who has given English football and the Premier League so much to be defined in such a way would be cruel. All though football owes nothing to anyone, few football fans would begrudge Steven Gerrard one last glory.
The 2014/2015 season promises to be one of the most eagerly anticipated yet.