Steven Gerrard ready for potential advanced role alongside LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane on MLS debut

Steven Gerrard

The 35-year-old midfielder is set to line up with his former Liverpool teammate for Friday night's California Clasico against the San Jose Earthquakes.

With his highly-anticipated MLS bow coming up on Friday night against the San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy new boy Steven Gerrard has told the club’s official website that he feels suitably prepared for whatever plan head coach Bruce Arena has for him.

The 35-year-old midfielder has made two 45-minute run-outs for the Galaxy since arriving in LA earlier this month, earning his club debut in last weekend’s 2-1 International Champions Cup win over Club America, before appearing as a half-time substitute in the 1-0 US Open Cup defeat at Real Salt Lake.

After a six-week break following the end of Premier League season, his lack of recent match practice has been evident at times but, having also shown clear glimpses of class, the former Liverpool captain is confident that he can make an impact in his first California Clasico at the StubHub Center.

Speaking to lagalaxy.com, Gerrard said: “This game has been on everyone’s lips for a few weeks. When I first arrived, the plan was to use the first two games to prepare and be ready for this game. I’m here from the start and I’m ready to go and perform."

With Galaxy strikers Alan Gordon and Gyasi Zardes both with the US national team, Gerrard’s first MLS outing could also come in an advanced position alongside club captain and former Liverpool teammate Robbie Keane - a role he would be more than willing to fill.

“I think at the moment, we’ve got an injury to [Jose] Villarreal and Alan Gordon and Gyasi Zardes are away with the national team,” Gerrard added. “We’re a little bit limited as far as forwards are concerned but I’m always ready to fill in where the manager needs me. I’ll be ready for whatever role that the manager puts me in.”

Having secured three of the past four MLS Cup titles, LA had gotten off to a slow start to the 2015 campaign without the retired Landon Donovan, drawing seven of their opening 17 league games and scoring just 16 goals.

However, the California outfit have since won three of their past four league matches in comprehensive fashion, thrashing the Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers 5-1 and 5-0, respectively, before recording another comfortable 4-0 victory over Toronto FC.

With Gerrard now on board and fellow big-name summer signing Giovani dos Santos also arriving at the StubHub Center next month, the rest of MLS will need to be at their best to stop the league’s most successful franchise adding another title to their collection.

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