Frank Lampard excited to continue rivalry with Steven Gerrard in MLS

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard joins New York City this summer, meaning he will renew his rivalry with long-term foe Steven Gerrard, who is joining LA Galaxy.

After battling for almost their entire career for honours on the domestic front, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard will continue their long-term rivalry next season as they both move to MLS.

Lampard will be joining New York City, while Gerrard will end his career-long association with Liverpool by moving to LA Galaxy at the end of the current campaign.

The duo famously struggled to adapt to playing together in the same England team as they were very similar players, who loved arriving late in the box to score goals.

They will both go down as two of the greatest midfielders in the history of the Premier League, having both struck over 100 goals - with Lampard sitting on 176 and Gerrard on 119.

However, there is one blemish on Gerrard’s record. He has won everything in his time at Liverpool, except the coveted Premier League title which it appears he will never win. Meanwhile, Lampard picked up three winners’ medals during his time at Chelsea.

This weekend sees Liverpool legend Gerrard play his final game at Anfield for the Reds against Crystal Palace, and Lampard has put all talk of rivalry to one side to pay tribute to his former England colleague.

“We were in the England squad, as captain and vice-captain, at the last World Cup and I certainly respect him hugely – I always have,” Lampard, currently on the books at Manchester City, told Sky Sports.

“But when you are going up against each other you can kind of get caught up in that. I was a Chelsea man and he is Mr Liverpool.

“I had John (Terry) next to me, he had Jamie Carragher – it was one of those things. It was all healthy stuff but as you get older you mellow slightly and you just respect him for what he’s done in his career.

“What a fantastic player he has been for Liverpool and England, and he’s a fantastic bloke. He’s a family man, I’ve always known him as a good lad and a great player.

“I think it’s great for us that we have both made the decision to go there. We’re at the back end of our careers – we know that – but we’re still very driven and we’ll want to do well

“I’m pleased he is there. It’s great for the league, it’s great for us at this time in our lives to go and play there and I look forward to playing against him there.”

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