The icon is finally leaving Anfield…
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has agreed a deal with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, according to the LA Times.
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The former England captain will be signing for wages thought to be around £76,000, which are actually less than what he now earns at the Reds. It is also less than the massive £18 million he was apparently offered to play in Qatar. This signing is a massive coup for the MLS, after the retirements of Thierry Henry and Landon Donovan leaving the league bereft of star names.
34-year-old Gerrard’s contract at Anfield is finishing at the end of the campaign, and he recently made it clear that he would not be signing another deal at the Merseyside club. However, any move to a club in Europe was scuppered because he said that he would not go to a team that had any chance of playing against his beloved Liverpool. He apparently could not bear having to face them at any time.
Gerrard told the LA Times, “The time’s right for me and my family for the change, for the fresh challenge. I’ve been here for a long time, I’ve given an awful lot back to this club.
“But I now I [sic] feel it is time for a fresh break and to try something different,” he added. “I want to finish my career very strong. I want to add some more medals and trophies to my collection. So I think it’s a match made in heaven, really.”
LA Galaxy’s head coach Bruce Arena said of the deal, “We have a club now with a proven history of success. All of these things go hand in hand in making LA Galaxy a very attractive team for players such as Steven Gerrard.”
He also continued on where Gerrard would play, “Steven Gerrard arrives in July and by then we will certainly have a plan available. He’s a player of quality. I’m not concerned about where he’s going to fit in to our team.”