Steven Gerrard says MLS is no easy ride

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Steven Gerrard has claimed that players would be shocked by the quality of football in the USA.

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has moved to dispel the notion that footballers move to Major League Soccer to put their feet up, telling CNN that those who believe that have not done their homework on the league.

The ex-England skipper joined MLS side LA Galaxy last summer on an 18-month contract after his deal at Liverpool was not renewed.

MLS has become an attractive proposition for European players in recent years due to the lucrative Designated Player contract that franchises can offer, with other stars such as Frank Lampard, David Villa and Andrea Pirlo all having made the move to the USA in recent times.

However, Gerrard has refuted the league's reputation among some in Europe as a 'retirement home' for ageing players, and has admitted that he was surprised by how difficult the move has been for him.

The 35-year-old told CNN: "I think that if players believe they can come here and put their feet up, they're going to be in for a very big shock. The people who have got that opinion haven't really done their homework on the league."

"It's a very demanding league. There are very good players here, good teams, good management. You only have to look at the average age that has come into the league over the last twelve months - I think it is around 25 or 26.

"We've got special talents coming into our dressing room like (Mexican striker) Giovani dos Santos."

As well as Gerrard and former Tottenham and Barcelona man Dos Santos, Galaxy's squad for the upcoming MLS season boasts Gerrard's longtime England teammate Ashley Cole, ex-Liverpool and Spurs striker Robbie Keane and former World Cup runner-up Nigel De Jong.

Gerrard played over 700 times for Liverpool in a 17-year professional career for his hometown club before leaving in 2015.

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