Outgoing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is close to signing a £3.9 million, 18-month deal with LA Galaxy when he leaves the Reds at the end of the season, according to reports from the US.
The former England skipper announced earlier this week that he would be leaving Liverpool after 26 years at the club and was soon to reveal his intention to see out the remainder of his playing days in the MLS.
The MLS Designated Player rule dictates that each club can sign a maximum of three players who can be paid more than the $387,500 salary cap, and with Landon Donovan retiring from the game following last season’s MLS Cup victory with the Galaxy, this has freed up a place in the club’s trio of designated players.
In an exclusive interview with LFCTV, Gerrard revealed that the prospect of playing fewer games for the Reds was the catalyst for his decision to leave the club at the end of the season.
“I think the key conversation or moment was with the manager when he sat me down not so long ago and said it was time to manage my games for me and for the team,” said Gerrard.
“I’m bright enough to realise it is the right thing for everyone, but when you’ve been a starter and a mainstay in the team for such a long time, it was a very difficult conversation to have.
“I accept it and I’ll continue to give everything I’ve got, whether I’m starting, coming off the bench or whatever, but that was the key conversation that swung me to deciding to come away for a short while.”
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