Steven Gerrard has completed his anticipated move to the LA Galaxy and will complete his switch to Major League Soccer at the end of the Premier League season this summer in July, and joins the club as a designated player.
The 34-year-old Liverpool legend fills the vacant DP slot left by Landon Donovan‘s retirement and joins Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez as designated players to give the Galaxy an extremely talented spine to the team.
Gerrard has been with Liverpool for 17 seasons and is the club’s longest-serving captain but his contract is over in the summer and he is now ready for the next chapter in his illustrious career.Embed from Getty Images
“I’m really excited for the new challenge in my life,” Gerrard said. “They were aggressive in pursuing me, and the talks have been very positive.
“They basically told me what I wanted to hear, they told me about the winning mentality of the club. They told me about what their aims are for the future and it suits me for the stage of my career.
“I’ll be going over there [Los Angeles] to hopefully win some more medals and finish my career over there.”Embed from Getty Images
Gerrard has made 695 appearances during his time with Liverpool, scoring 180 goals in that time and has helped the Reds to ten trophies.
He will be looking to continue to taste success with the Galaxy and Gerrard guarantees that he will work hard for the team in order to do so.
“I’m going to be moving to the most successful team in the United States,” he added. “I’ve watched a lot of their games and I also know some of the players that have been there and sampled it, and heard great things about it.Embed from Getty Images
“The LA Galaxy want success, and that’s what I want and that’s the way I want to finish my career so that’s why I’ve chosen LA Galaxy.
“I can guarantee that I’ll go there and work hard and make sacrifices. I’ll be dedicated to performing at a consistent level and hopefully play my part in success for this team.
“I’m not going over there for a holiday or to enjoy myself, I’m going over there to win and if I win and do well then my life becomes more enjoyable.”
Gerrard is believed to have signed an 18-month contract with LA Galaxy that will keep him in MLS until the end of the 2016 season, and the deal is thought to be worth about £3.9 million ($5.9 million) per year.
Full interview with Steven Gerrard following LA Galaxy switch (via LA Galaxy on YouTube):