Steven Gerrard LA Galaxy debut: Liverpool captain set to play against Club America on July 11

Reds legend due to join up with MLS side imminently

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Steven Gerrard is set to make his LA Galaxy debut on July 11, with his new manager Bruce Arena predicting the midfielder will be "ready to go" upon his arrival.

The Liverpool captain has played his final game for the Reds, but is currently on a tour of the Middle East with the squad.

He will soon join up with his new side, however he cannot officially sign until the MLS summer transfer window opens on July 8.

He is expected to make his debut shortly after that, with Arena aiming to give Gerrard his debut in the International Champions Cup at home to Mexico's Club America.

"We expect him here before July 11," Arena told lagalaxy.com.

"We haven't finalised a date yet. He will be here, he'll get some training in and by the time that he's eligible to play; he'll be ready to go."

 

Gerrard may not have yet left for his new adventure but he is already thinking about the time when he will return to Anfield.

"I want to keep playing every week in the final few years of my career and I'm looking forward to embarking on a new challenge with Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS," said the 34-year-old.

"I hope to get the opportunity to come back and serve the club again one day.

"I feel that I can make a contribution in some role in the future."

In an open letter to fans Gerrard added: "I've been blown away by the send-off I've been given by the supporters and I'd like to thank every one of you.

"It's been very humbling and it's something I'll cherish for the rest of my life.

"It's been an absolute privilege to represent this football club for so long.

"I've been very fortunate to play alongside some incredible players and for managers who have all helped me to improve and develop.

"I'm proud of what I've given back - the sacrifices, the dedication and the loyalty over the years.

"But more than anything I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to play in front of these fans for so long."

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