Robbie Keane: Steven Gerrard will not take my LA Galaxy captaincy

Robbie Keane has declared that he will not allow Steven Gerrard to take the captain’s armband from him when the Liverpool midfielder joins up with the LA Galaxy in July.

The Republic or Ireland international striker was named as Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player at the end of the 2014 season and his extra-time goal in the MLS Cup final saw the Galaxy claim a record fifth MLS Cup title.

It’s safe to say Keane likes to lead his team. He has done since joining the club in 2011 and has stepped up as a leader when both David Beckham, and more recently, Landon Donovan left the side.

Keane has insisted that he will remain the LA Galaxy captain this season despite the fact that former teammate and long-term Liverpool captain, Gerrard is joining up with the team in July.

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“He is arriving as an addition, not as a replacement as captain,” Keane told reporters in Ireland where the Galaxy are set to play Shamrock Rovers on Saturday.

“I have spoken to Steven and he is excited about the challenge of coming to LA Galaxy. He is going to be a great addition to our squad.”

LA Galaxy open up the new MLS season on March 6 against the Chicago Fire but will be without new Designated Player Gerrard until at least July.

The Liverpool legend is expected to make his debut in the home game against San Jose Earthquakes on Friday, July 17.

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