Steven Gerrard could have played his last game for Liverpool following a spectacular bust-up with manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Reds captain, who is currently serving a three-match suspension, has already agreed to join Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the campaign.

But the chances of Gerrard returning to action before then have grown increasingly unlikely after the 34-year-old stumbled across a scrap of paper with his name on, tucked inside an envelope in Rodgers' office.

One the eve of each new season, the Northern Irishman is believed to pick out the names of three players he feels will cost Liverpool over the course of the campaign.

These are then written down and stored in sealed envelopes in a Fileofax on Rodgers' desk.

In past years, the Reds boss has opted to play safe by selecting those he knows have nowhere better to be, like Brad Jones or Jose Enrique, but changed his approach after Gerrard's slip against Chelsea last April and subsequent sabotage of England's World Cup hopes, two months later.

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Rodgers was also well aware that this season could prove to be Gerrard's last, but came unstuck when he left his Melwood office unattended while making his way to a forgotten tooth-whitening appointment.

"Brendan was in a hurry and unlike usual, left his door unlocked while he was out," a Liverpool source revealed.

"Fabio Borini was on his way there to question his lack of recent action and noticed his manager's error.

"The lads thought it'd be funny to try and find the envelopes, so they could take the piss out of Brad and Jose again, like last year. Some of them had speculated that Glen Johnson's name might also make an appearance.

"A few others, Mario (Balotelli) and Mama (Sakho), posed for selfies in Rodgers' Rosary beads, while Jordan Rossiter and Jon Flan(agan) stuck fake moustaches on photos of his family - despite Joe Allen telling them not to.

"The banter quickly stopped when they finally found the envelopes and saw Stevie's name instead. All the other lads left but he was waiting when Brendan got back."

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Gerrard is said to have confronted his boss, who tried to talk his way out of the situation by explaining, in unembellished depth, why he was in fact right all along.

The long-serving midfielder was then heard to mumble: "Brendan F***ing Todger more like," as he passed a club receptionist.

He is reported to have made it abundantly clear he would not be coming back.

*Disclaimer - this story may have been completely fabricated in a feeble attempt at comedy*