"If it’s something he decides on, no one will begrudge it because he has had an incredible career."
So Xherdan Shaqiri's talk of bringing title-winning "experience" to Liverpool got us thinking....
Aaron Ramsey and David de Gea will surely not go. But which other players are nearing the end?
Steven Davis and Shane Long were not in Mark Hughes' first 18-man squad but they are in his plans.
Who win more points when their captain doesn't start? Who is aimless without their on-pitch leader?
These five players are firmly entrenched in the 'John O'Shea realm' of the utility man scale.