5 Reasons Why Steven Gerrard Will Love Los Angeles
Created on Jan 05, 2015 10:48 AM EST
With all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over Steven Gerrard’s imminent exit from Liverpool it has somehow been forgotten that just maybe the former England captain is very happy to get one last big payday to play out the final days of his waning career in the sun.
Let’s look at the facts here. Brendan Rodgers told him his playing time forthwith would be “managed” – i.e. he’d be sitting out a growing number of games on the bench. The club owners clearly didn’t want to pay the kind of money Gerrard wanted to stay and the team is suddenly full of strangers who don’t know and probably don’t care about the Liverpool traditions the midfielder and his peers held so dear.
In California, he knows he will play every minute of every game if he wants to, there’s a very good chance he will be at least one of the most dominating players in the league and he will be paid $6 million a year for his troubles.
Oh yeah, and it’s sunny there year round.
What would you do?
It took David Beckham and the Galaxy a few years to adapt to one another but this is a stronger, faster, much more professional outfit and there is every chance a player of Gerrard’s undoubted ability will fit in and thrive right away. While Beckham was languid and precise, Gerrard is all guts and thunder and the American fans will love him for it.
I ask you again; why wouldn’t he be happy here.? The Galaxy, the MLS, soccer in America and Steven Gerrard are all winners with this deal. The biggest losers are Liverpool Football Club and generations of loyal fans who have lost yet another talisman to the vagaries of big business and foreign ownership.
According the ESPN and the Washington Post, the Galaxy is signing Gerrard on an 18-month contract. Here are 5 reasons he will love LA.