The Los Angeles Galaxy have officially announced the signing of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard, 34, shocked football last week when he announced he would be leaving the only club he's ever played for to go and play in the US.
Gerrard was widely reported to have agreed a £6million, 18-month deal with the Galaxy, though it has only been made official today.
"I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my career in the United States with LA Galaxy," Gerrard told the LA Galaxy website.
"The Galaxy are the most successful club in Major League Soccer history and I am looking forward to competing for more championships in the years to come. My discussions with Bruce Arena and Chris Klein were extremely positive and the future of the team is very bright.
"I am committed to helping the LA Galaxy compete for trophies and to having an impact in Los Angeles and I will give my all for the club. In the meantime, I will continue to give everything for Liverpool for the remainder of this season before joining up with the Galaxy."
Who could replace Steven Gerrard?
Who could replace Steven Gerrard?
1/5 Ross Barkley
It is unthinkable that Barkley could quit Everton and move across Stanley Park to the Toffees' arch-rivals, and the Blues would certainly never consider selling him to them. Such a scenario probably belongs in the realms of fantasy but, nevertheless, Barkley would actually be a fine replacement for Gerrard. Since breaking into the Everton team and earning England recognition, the 21-year-old has shown he has the potential to reach the top. He is possibly the best English box-to-box midfielder to emerge since Gerrard.
2/5 Paul Pogba
Also possibly unrealistic given that the Frenchman is rated in the £50million bracket and Liverpool - despite receiving such fees for players - have never seriously threatened to pay at that level. Since leaving Manchester United for Juventus, the 21-year-old has established himself as one of the best young midfielders in Europe. He is often linked with a return to England, but usually with the likes of United or Chelsea.
3/5 Morgan Schneiderlin
It is certainly not inconceivable Liverpool could attempt to raid Southampton again, however. After taking Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert last summer, the Reds could look at the highly-rated 25-year-old Schneiderlin. The Frenchman looks to have settled after threatening to leave in the summer but an offer from Liverpool could be tempting.
4/5 Fabian Delph
It might not be a signing to excite, but Delph's contract at Aston Villa is coming to an end and, with his future uncertain, he would be an easily attainable option. The former Leeds player, 25, has improved greatly over the last 18 months and is now in the England reckoning.
5/5 Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Liverpool made serious attempts to sign the Armenian in the summer of 2013 but ultimately lost out to Borussia Dortmund. Since then the 25-year-old's star has fallen slightly with Dortmund struggling in the Bundesliga. If he were to become available again, Rodgers could revive his interest.
Gerrard earlier admitted that he "would have signed" a deal to stay at Liverpool had one been offered in the summer.
"We’re very pleased to acquire a player of Steven’s caliber, experience and character," LA Galaxy head coach and GM Bruce Arena said.
"He is one of the most decorated players in the world and will join our team with a wealth of success playing at the highest level of the sport. Steven will be an excellent example to our young players and we’re excited to add him and his leadership to an already talented roster."
Gerrard has played 696 matches for the Reds after making his debut in November 1998. He has won the FA Cup twice, the League Cup three times, the Champions League in 2005 and the UEFA Cup in 2001 - he has not won the Premier League, however.
After Landon Donovan retired, Gerrard will become the third designated player on the Galaxy, along with former team-mate and MLS Most Valuable Player Robbie Keane and centre-back Omar Gonzalez.
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