Steven Gerrard recently completed a move to LA Galaxy on a free transfer. He will become one of the highest earners in the MLS, as the LA Galaxy have not thought twice about paying the extravagant sums to the midfielder.
The Liverpool captain has been one of the iconic attacking midfielders in the last decade. He has scored goals from every possible situation in the last 15 years, but in recent times, he has been shifted to a deeper role in a bid to extend his career. LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, though, says that he wants Gerrard back in an attacking role when he starts playing for the MLS club.
Gerrard will be going to North America on a free transfer after the end of the Premier League season. Since LA Galaxy already have a strong defensive midfield pairing of Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho, it is expected that Gerrard will be moved back to an attacking position. The 34-year-old has not been prolific in the last two seasons, but at his peak, he scored more than 20 goals in all competitions from the midfield. During the 2007-08 season, Gerrard finished with 21 goals while his best ever single-season tally came in the season after when he managed 24 in all competitions.
“I think the one area I kind of almost want to rule out is the fact that I don’t see Gerrard playing in front of our center backs as a permanent player there.I think he needs to be in more advanced positions. By the nature of his qualities as a player, he’s a box-to-box player; he plays on both sides of the ball so he’ll serve us well there. But we certainly think that we need to make sure he’s pushed closer to our strikers than closer to our center backs,” said Bruce Arena.