Gerrard, 34, announced earlier this winter that he will join the MLS Cup holders at the end of Liverpool’s 2014-15 campaign, signing an 18-month deal to follow in the footsteps of fellow ex-England skipper David Beckham.
Set to link up with former Reds teammate and reigning league MVP Robbie Keane in LA, the midfielder’s addition should give Bruce Arena’s side an excellent shot of a fourth championship in five seasons, and Rogers is looking forward to lining up alongside him.
“I think a lot of guys are excited,” the former Leeds United man said. “Obviously a lot of us have watched him play throughout his career and at the World Cup, so it’s amazing to get a quality player like that coming here.
“Obviously he has a few more months at Liverpool but we’re going to need him. We’ve lost a few players so we’re definitely going to need him if we’re going to make a run for the championship.”
With MLS and US soccer legend Landon Donovan retiring in the offseason, there will be added pressure on club captain Keane to deliver the goods over the first half of the campaign in Gerrard's absence.
Nevertheless, after recording 19 goals and 14 assists last term, Rogers is sure the Irishman will be up for the challenge, while news of an impending contract extension for his teammate also has him encouraged about their chances of counting their dominance over the coming seasons.
“Robbie’s our captain so he’s a very important player for this team, our club and for the locker room,” he added.
“I’m sure a deal will get done because he’s so important to our team, on and off the field, and a great ambassador for our club and this league.”