Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard produced a vintage performance on his Major League Soccer debut for new side Los Angeles Galaxy; scoring once and providing two others in a 5-2 triumph.
The Galaxy had been two goals down after only 25 minutes at the StubHub Center before Gerrard, as he has done so many times in the past, almost singlehandedly swung the pendulum back in his side’s favour.
Gerrard won a penalty on the half-hour mark, which was duly dispatched by ex-Liverpool colleague Robbie Keane, before finding the net himself seven minutes later to ensure Galaxy were level going into the interval.
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It was the first time Gerrard had made a league appearance for any other side than Liverpool, and he celebrated his 10-yard finish as if he had scored in front of the famous Anfield Kop, sliding on his knees as he sprinted towards the corner flag.
Gerrard was able to turn provider for Keane once again on 64 minutes as his free-kick was turned into the net by the Republic of Ireland international and, although the comeback was complete, the scoring wasn’t.
Keane was on target to complete his hat-trick with 10 minutes remaining - from the penalty spot once more - while Sebastian Lletget, a recent acquisition from West Ham, added a fifth goal in the closing moments.
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Gerrard, 35, had already left proceedings by this stage - naturally receiving a standing ovation - and it was one of those rare occasions where a hat-trick scorer was overshadowed by the endeavours of his teammate.
But this wonderful maiden appearance from the Liverpool icon ensured he immediately won a place in the hearts of a new set of supporters, and he and they will be hoping there will be more moments to savour in the sun over the next 18 months.
Liverpool fans - how much are you missing Steven Gerrard right now?