The Liverpool legend is expected to pen an 18-month contract worth £6 million, making him one of the highest paid players in Major League Soccer.
That works out as about £3.9 million ($5.9 million dollars) per year and Gerrard will need to make sure he makes an impact in Los Angeles for that money.
David Beckham was an astronomical success during his five-year spell with the Galaxy and although Gerrard won’t be with the club for the same amount of time, he will hope to have the same impact as Beckham did.
The Liverpool captain’s leadership will inspire his new Galaxy teammates, filling the huge void left by Landon Donovan’s retirement and the fact that he has chosen MLS over offers from across the world shows he is committed to the cause.
Gerrard will not be moving to America for a pay packet and to put his feet up. He will continue to work as hard as he can to succeed on the pitch with his new team, as well as being a motivational leader off of it.
The money LA Galaxy are investing in Gerrard is substantial, but they are getting one of the world’s greatest ever central-midfielder’s and a man who should help them retain their MLS Cup title in 2015.
The only problem Gerrard’s arrival will cause is that Bruce Arena will have to change his tactics and formation to accommodate the England legend.
The 4-4-2 system used so successfully for so long would mean that either Marcelo Sarvas or Juninho would have to make way to allow Gerrard to sit in midfield.
So a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-2-1 system may be deployed. But that would take place at the midpoint of the season and disrupt a winning system, so big tactical decisions will need to be made.
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