WADOO!!SPORTNEWS: I’m leaving Liverpool for LA Galaxy to win trophies – Gerrard
Steven Garrard has described his pending move to LA Galaxy as a ‘match made in heaven’, and insists he’s heading to the US to add to his modest trophy collection, UK’s Metro reports. The Major League Soccer outfit confirmed earlier today the Liverpool captain will make the switch to California when his current contract at Anfield expires at the end of the season, bringing to an end a 28-year spell with his boyhood club.
Gerrard, who struck both goals during his side’s narrow 2-1 success in the FA Cup at League Two side AFC Wimbledon on Monday night – his first appearance for the club since announcing his decision to leave – will be 35 when he makes the jump across the pond. Many big-name players have made the move to north America in the latter stages of their career for one final big payout, and it is understood Gerrard will pick up around £6.6m ($9m) during an initial 18-month stay at the StubHub Centre. Yet the player, a European and UEFA Cup winner with his the Reds, has spoken ambitiously about the move. ‘I think it’s a match made in heaven really,’ Gerrard told the LA Times. ‘One of the reasons I chose LA Galaxy was because of the success they’ve had recently. ‘I want to finish my career very strong. I want to add some medals and trophies to my collection.’ Gerrard follows in the footsteps of another former England captain, David Beckham, in signing on for the club, who lifted the MLS Cup for a fifth time earlier this year. The midfielder stated recently he would have been willing to extend his stay with Liverpool had a new contract been offered before the campaign, however, it now seems the midfielder is relishing a new challenge. He added: ‘I don’t want to get to a certain age in my life and have any regrets. ‘I’ve had many an opportunity to move away from Liverpool and I’ve always turned it down. ‘The time is right to go and sample something different and get a new life experience.’