The soon-to-be New York City FC star believes his former England teammate has made the right decision in agreeing to join the LA Galaxy and can't wait for their first meeting.
Frank Lampard might have postponed his impending move to MLS expansion side New York City FC until the summer, but the Manchester City midfielder has told ESPN FC that he’s no less excited about the chance to start a new chapter of his career in the States, as should be Steven Gerrard.
Lampard, 36, has watched his new team’s opening three games of the 2015 season on TV and, having retired from England after the World Cup, is set to travel across the Atlantic during the international break to familiarise himself with his future surroundings.
Since sealing a deal with NYCFC, the Chelsea legend has also seen Liverpool captain Gerrard sign a pre-contract agreement with the LA Galaxy ahead of a summer switch and, with a potential meeting now set for August 23 at the StubHub Center, admits he’s relishing the matchup with his former Three Lions teammate.
"August 23! It's at their place," he said. "A day after my [older] daughter's birthday, so I should know. I think it is great for the league. I have said before, the league is really coming on. People in Europe at the top leagues are talking about it.
"Players will go there. The league is growing in a very solid way. I know the foundations of it. People like Steven Gerrard, David Villa, Kaka, all these names going over, it is going to help the league.
"I am pleased for Stevie. I think it is a very good move for him. What more can he do for Liverpool? he has had a fantastic career. It helps with the interest here, people seeing it on TV over here now. I look forward to being competitive against Stevie. We get on very well, particularly in our latter years as captain and vice-captain of England. I have a huge amount of respect for him and I look forward to going up against him."
Nevertheless, having been impressed with NYCFC’s start to their inaugural campaign, which has seen them pick up a win and two draws, Lampard believes his visiting side will give Gerrard and the reigning MLS Cup champions a tough test.
"I've watched their games and thought they looked fantastic," he added. "The home game particularly, I thought the atmosphere in the ground, the crowd: I've had feedback from inside the club about what a buzz there is for it in the city. I was delighted for the lads.
"The lads were over here preseason, we went out for dinner and I got to know a lot of them, so I know how keen and hungry they are, all the way to every member of the squad. I was very pleased for them, brilliant.
"There are always question marks over it before, with a completely new things for so many of us,” Lampard continued. “What I do know is the people behind the scenes have done an amazing job... from Claudio Reyna, from the top of the club here, the City Football Group, to all the people behind the scenes in New York. They deserve that special day. I think it was a really special moment for everyone who has been involved in it and I hope it goes from strength to strength."