The 35-year-old midfielder is preparing to link up with the Irishman again at the LA Galaxy in the coming week.
With his highly-anticipated MLS bow drawing nearer, LA Galaxy new boy Steven Gerrard has told the club’s official website how much he is looking forward to reuniting with former Liverpool teammate Robbie Keane in the States.
Having officially announced in January that he was set to end his 17-year career with Liverpool to join the MLS Cup holders this summer, Gerrard has been taking a brief break following the 2014-15 Premier League campaign before linking up with his new teammates.
While he will be none too familiar with the likes of first-choice goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and bruising striker Alan Gordon, club captain and reigning league MVP Keane needs no introduction, having lined up alongside him at Anfield between 2008 and 2009.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to teaming up with Robbie again,” Gerrard told Galaxy TV. “I think the chemistry will be there. It was when I was at Liverpool with him.
“He’s a very intelligent footballer and a good guy as well. He’s got a big responsibility to help me settle.”
After winning three of the past four MLS Cup titles, LA have had somewhat of a mixed start to the 2015 season and sit in fourth place in the Western Conference after taking 28 points from their opening 20 games.
Nevertheless, Bruce Arena’s men have put in some stellar performances of late, including 5-1 and 5-0 victories over the Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers in back-to-back league matches, leaving Gerrard encouraged ahead of his arrival.
“I think the performances have been a bit mixed,” he added. “I’ve seen some good performances but also times when we haven’t gotten what we would have wanted out of the game.
“Overall, though, I’m pretty pleased with the level. I think all the boys are in good condition and the tempo looks good and strong, so I’m looking forward to sampling it myself.”
Gerrard will not be eligible to play for the Galaxy until the MLS transfer window opens on 8 July, but he is set to be introduced at half-time of Saturday night’s home game against Toronto FC ahead of his first official training session next week.
In addition, the Liverpool legend could see another big-name signing join him at the StubHub Center in the near future, with the agent of Villarreal forward Giovani dos Santos confirming that is client is in talks with the California outfit about a stateside switch.
The club currently have all three Designated Player slots filled by captain Keane, Omar Gonzalez and the incoming Gerrard, respectively, but the long-rumoured introduction of the “core player rule” would allow teams to make a fourth signing above the league’s maximum wage restriction of $436,250 [£277,637.24].