Liverpool’s captain marvel Steven Gerrard will not take the armband at LA Galaxy when he arrives in the summer according to Robbie Keane.
The MLS MVP Keane has said he has no intentions of handing over the captaincy to Gerrard when the Liverpool star begins his 18-month contract in July.
The former England captain agreed to move to America to join the Galaxy in January and will have a lot to offer Bruce Arena’s side, even at the age of 34.
However, Galaxy’s current captain Keane told reporters in Ireland - according to FourFourTwo - when he took his teammates on a visit to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Dublin, that Gerrard isn’t coming to the reigning MLS champions to take over.
Keane said: “He is arriving as an addition, not as a replacement as captain.
“I have spoken to Steven and he is excited about the challenge of coming to LA Galaxy. He is going to be a great addition to our squad.”
Gerrard has been Keane’s captain before, from 2008 to 2009, when the Republic of Ireland international switched from Tottenham Hotspur to Liverpool for £20 million before going back the other way again when things didn’t work out for the lifelong Reds fan.
During his time at Anfield, the Irishman only managed to score five goals in his 19 appearances and rejoined Spurs where he found his form again. He is the tenth highest goalscorer in Tottenham history with 93 goals coming from 238 appearances.
The pair will join up again when Gerrard reaches the end of his 17-year Liverpool career. Keane will be hoping that the English playmaker will be able to provide the opportunities for him to add to his already impressive goal-scoring record in the MLS.
Keane, who was awarded the Most Valuable Player award at the end of LA Galaxy’s title winning season has netted an impressive 53 times in 84 appearances for the Galaxy.
Gerrard and Keane will begin defending LA Galaxy’s title on March 6 against Chicago Fire.
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