LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane has taken to Facebook to welcome Steven Gerrard to the MLS club, following confirmation on Wednesday of his former Liverpool teammate’s impending arrival.
Gerrard, 34, revealed last Friday that he was preparing to end his 25-year association with Liverpool, having made over 600 total appearances and won seven major trophies, while establishing himself as the team’s longest-serving captain.
The ex-England skipper has reportedly signed an 18-month deal with the reigning MLS Cup champions as a Designated Player, following in the footsteps of David Beckham, and is expected to arrive in July when his current contract at Anfield expires.
“I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my career in the United States with LA Galaxy,” he told the club’s official website. “The Galaxy are the most successful club in Major League Soccer history, and I am looking forward to competing for more championships in the years to come. My discussions with Bruce Arena and Chris Klein were extremely positive, and the future of the team is very bright.
“I am committed to helping the LA Galaxy compete for trophies and to having an impact in Los Angeles, and I will give my all for the club. In the meantime, I will continue to give everything for Liverpool for the remainder of this season before joining up with the Galaxy.”
Set to link up with Keane again, after the pair were teammates at Anfield for the first half of the 2008-09 campaign, Gerrard will be joining an LA team which has won three of the past four MLS Cup titles under head coach Bruce Arena.
Keane himself as been a huge part of that success, having won the league’s MVP award in 2014 after recording 19 goals and 14 assists in 29 regular-season games, but the eventual addition of Gerrard could well steal some of his thunder.