Gerrard impressed by ‘aggressive’ LA Galaxy pursuit

The Liverpool captain will end a 26-year association with the Reds at the end of the season, revealing the MLS outfit said all the right things

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he was impressed by LA Galaxy’s “aggressive” pursuit of his signature after confirming his end-of-season move.

The midfielder will head to MLS at the end of the current Premier League campaign after announcing last Friday that he would end his 26-year association with the Anfield club.

The move will see Gerrard play his football away from Liverpool for the first time in his career and revealed the MLS outfit were extremely persuasive in their attempts to attract him to the StubHub Center.

“Their pursuing me was very aggressive,” he told the club’s official website. “The talks I’ve had with them have been very positive.

“They basically told me what I wanted to hear, told me about the winning mentality at the club, told me what their aims and goals are for the future and it basically suited me at this stage in my career.

“I’ll be going over there to hopefully win more medals and to finish my career over there.

“It’s really exciting both on and off the pitch, but the most important thing is that I go there and it’s a success on the pitch.”

Gerrard has been at Liverpool all of his playing career, joining his boyhood club at the age of eight, and has admitted he expects to find the early days of his new chapter to be a struggle.

“The biggest challenge will be settling in,” he added. “I’ve lived in Liverpool all my life. I’m a Scouser through and through, I love my city and I’m proud of my roots.

“But you only get one life and it’s important to try different things, new experiences.

“It’s also a big thing for my children as well, to take them out of their comfort zone and give them a life experience that will hopefully help them develop as humans.

“It’s perfect timing for this new challenge and I’m really excited and looking forward to it.”

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