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Frank Lampard looks forward to playing against Steven Gerrard in the MLS

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Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard will both move to the MLS in the summer

Frank Lampard will join MLS club New York City FC following his controversial loan spell at Manchester City. The Chelsea legend is looking forward to continuing his rivalry with Steven Gerrard when they both switch to the American league in the summer.

Steven Gerrard will end his long career at Liverpool to join LA Galaxy. He will play his last home game for Liverpool against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The pair have constantly battled in the league and for places in the England national team. Regardless, Lampard had words of praise for his English counterpart.

He said “We were in the England squad, as captain and vice-captain, at the last World Cup and I certainly respect him hugely - I always have.

“But when you are going up against each other, you can kind of get caught up in that. I was a Chelsea man and he is Mr. Liverpool.

“I had John (Terry) next to me, he had Jamie Carragher - it was one of those things. It was all healthy stuff but as you get older, you mellow slightly and you just respect him for what he’s done in his career.

“What a fantastic player he has been for Liverpool and England, and he’s a fantastic bloke. He’s a family man, I’ve always known him as a good lad and a great player.”

Speaking about both their futures in America, he added: “I think it’s great for us that we have both made the decision to go there. We’re at the back end of our careers – we know that - but we’re still very driven and we’ll want to do well.

“I’m pleased he is there. It’s great for the league, it’s great for us at this time in our lives to go and play there and I look forward to playing against him there.”