Gerrard won't be loaned: LA Galaxy
Los Angeles, Jan 8 (IANS): Los Angeles Galaxy President, Chris Klein has said that loaning midfield maestro, Steven Gerrard to a European club in the Major League Soccer (MLS) off-season has "never been discussed".
Former England captain Gerrard, 34, will move to the United States at the end of the season, after 25 years at Liverpool. Frank Lampard, 36, signed for New York City after leaving Chelsea, but then joined Manchester City on a short-term deal before extending his stay.
However, LA Galaxy has confirmed that Gerrard will only not be loaned out at any point. Klein said,"Gerrard's focus will be LA Galaxy," He added that the Reds captain will make his debut July 17 against San Jose.
Gerrard, who has won 10 trophies at Liverpool, including the Champions League in 2005, becomes the second England captain to join LA Galaxy. He will follow the footsteps of former England midfielder, David Beckham. Other big Premier League names such as Tim Cahill, Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane also joined the Premier League.
Klein added, "Signing Steven ranks right up there and we're very excited about it. The attention it has created has been incredible. He's a worldwide name and people are very excited.”
Former Liverpool defender, Steve Nicol said, "It is on a par with Thierry Henry and David Beckham. Gerrard is a world superstar, it can't be any better for the league. He is in a position where his football is world-class. His touch, vision and control and what he will do for the football team is incredible."