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Robbie Keane issues warning to Steven Gerrard ahead of LA Galaxy arrival

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LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has warned Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard of how competitive Major League Soccer is and that he will be expected to perform when he arrives in July.

“The problem is I think with people in Europe – and this won’t be Stevie’s case because I’ve already told him how difficult the league is here – is that people think they’re coming over here to finish their career and it’s a holiday, but when you play for the Galaxy, that’s not the case,” Keane told ESPN FC.

“You’re coming over here to win things, because that’s what is expected because we’re one of the biggest teams in the MLS and we have standards here. The league is a tough, tough league.”

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The Galaxy have struggled in the opening stages of the 2015 season with just three wins from their opening 12 games, leaving them seventh out of ten in the Western Conference and 11th overall in the Supporters’ Shield standings.

Despite the slow start, Keane, who has been with LA since 2011, believes that Gerrard can improve the team and will be a success in MLS because of his incredible natural ability on the ball.

“His passing is incredible. He’s a player that can find someone’s feet from 50 yards and you wouldn’t have to move. I’m sure he’ll get a lot of assists from that, and we’re excited to get him here.”

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Keane and Gerrard, both 34, aren’t complete strangers to each other as they played together at Liverpool for the 2008/09 Premier League season.

As well as giving Gerrard a heads-up, the Irishman has also praised the rapid growth of MLS and is pleased that it is continuing to thrive, even since the departure of such a key figure in the league back in 2012.

“It’s only getting bigger and bigger, I think. It was big when I came over. The players certainly and everybody associated with the MLS, I think a lot of that goes down to David Beckham. The reason why I came was David was the one that got me here.

“I think David, like Tiger Woods did in golf, he changed the sport, he changed people’s salaries, he changed the growth where it’s getting bigger and bigger. I think the important thing was when David left was, ‘Can we keep that consistency?’ And to be fair they have.”

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Keane has only played four of the Galaxy’s opening 12 games having missed out through injury but is set to return for their next match against the Houston Dynamo on Friday.

“The update is I’ve been training for three days with the team and I’m ready to go for Friday’s game.”

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About Ben Ashton (226 Articles)

MLS and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own.

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