Following his final Anfield appearance, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed that it was after speaking to two former teammates, that he decided that a summer move to LA Galaxy was the right one for him.
According to the Daily Mirror, shortly after consulting with Brendan Rodgers about his future role in our side, the 34-year-old spoke to former England teammate David Beckham – who spent five years with the MLS team – and he persuaded him to make the move across the pond.
And before he confirmed his decision, the Mirror report that he also spoke to Robbie Keane, who had a short spell at Anfield seven years ago, and is now the Galaxy’s captain.
But, it was Beckham’s encouragement that had the biggest influence on him.
“I spoke to him a few times, and his first couple of sentences to me were, ‘Go for it. You will absolutely love it’,” he explained.
“He said, ‘I’ve been following your career. I have played with you and it is absolutely perfect for you and your family’,” Gerrard added.
Gerrard revealed that he is slightly relieved to get away from the city that he has been his home his entire life. Having spent 17 years in the cauldron that is the spotlight, he is looking forward to being able to go under the radar.
“It is hard being a Liverpool player and handling yourself off the pitch and I’m looking forward to living a life with less intensity. It has been very difficult sometimes, with the children doing certain things like swimming lessons, or dancing lessons or going for meals or to a coffee shop,” he said.
Despite his admission that he needs a break from the intensity of the Premier League, he confirmed that anyone thinking that this is nothing more than a holiday, is way off the mark.
“Make no mistake about it, I still want to win and do well for Galaxy. It’s not in my nature to just wind down. That’s the reason why I want to go and give it my all for LA Galaxy and I think people will be pleasantly surprised with how much effort and application I will give it,” Gerrard added.