New LA Galaxy Designated Player Steven Gerrard played his final game at Anfield for Liverpool FC on Saturday.
The results did not go the team's way as Liverpool fell 3-1 to Crystal Palace, but the defeat ran secondary to Gerrard's last game at the stadium that has been his home ground for nearly two decades. Gerrard will join the Galaxy this summer after more than 700 appearances for the Reds.
Below are a series of tweets and videos from Gerrard's final day at Anfield as a member of Liverpool FC.
— James Carroll (@James_Carroll84) May 16, 2015
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 16, 2015
— KICKTV (@KICKTV) May 16, 2015
— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) May 16, 2015
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 16, 2015
— KICKTV (@KICKTV) May 16, 2015
— LFC Photo (@LFCphoto) May 16, 2015
A final kiss for the Kop from Steven Gerrard pic.twitter.com/sXwUqOfa6t
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) May 16, 2015
Thank you my friend for everything. You are truly one of the greatest! (2/2) pic.twitter.com/SSAz1A8x1T
— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) May 16, 2015
Gerrard on sky: "I don't think I'll come back on loan after today's performance"
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) May 16, 2015
254- Steven Gerrard just finished his 254th and final home match for Liverpool in the Premier League, his next will be at StubHub. Dreamin'.
— OptaJack (@OptaJack) May 16, 2015
Watching Steven Gerrard's last match at Anfield. It's going to be exciting to have this guy on our team. #lagalaxy
— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) May 16, 2015
— Juninho (@Juninho19LA) May 16, 2015
STEVEN GERRARD'S FINAL SPEECH AT ANFIELD
Steven Gerrard says goodbye to Anfield.#ThanksSteviehttp://gerrard.liverpoolfc.com/
Posted by Liverpool FC on Saturday, May 16, 2015
ORLANDO, FL – Juninho grew up admiring his Brazilian countryman and national soccer legend Kaka, but on Sunday, he’ll have the chance to match wits with the former FIFA Player of the Year when the LA Galaxy meet Orlando City SC at the Citrus Bowl.
Sunday’s game won’t be the first time that the two Brazilians have faced off before an exhibition when Kaka was still suiting up for Real Madrid, but this time, given the league competition.
In those friendly matches, there is the temptation for MLS players to get a bit starry eyed when facing such accomplished competition but Juninho knows that this situation is much different. When the first ball is kicked at the Citrus Bowl on Sunday, he’ll be focused on shutting down the Brazilian international.
“My mentality is to not leave him alone,” Juninho told LA Galaxy Insider. “I want to be around him most of the time, and just play my game. I know that it’ll be a hard game with Orlando having a full house. We just want to try and score, and not leave Kaka alone to do what he does so well.”
ORLANDO, FL -- The LA Galaxy will face Orlando City SC for the first time on Sunday when the two teams meet at the Citrus Bowl.
In the latest edition of LAGalaxy.com's By the Numbers, we look at the difficulties that Orlando City has had this year.
Check it out below.
In the first edition of Cobi's Corner of 2015, LA Galaxy legend Cobi Jones catches up with young Galaxy striker Bradford Jamieson IV.
LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane says he's "on the mend" but plans to take his time coming back from groin strain
CARSON, Calif. – Robbie Keane is on the mend but the LA Galaxy captain says that he’s still a week away from contending for a place in the team’s starting XI.
For a second consecutive day, Keane took part in light training with the Galaxy’s head of strength and conditioning, Daniel Guzman as he aims to return from a nagging groin strain. The strain has left Keane on the shelf for the last six straight matches, which is the longest amount of time missed the Irish striker has missed since joining the Galaxy back in 2011.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena contends that Keane is in high spirits as he makes his recovery but for the Irishman, the lengthy layoff has been difficult.
“I love playing. It’s been frustrating, but it’s the way it is. If it had been a good few years ago I probably would have been an absolute disaster in the locker room. I’m the worst person in the world to be injured,” Keane told reporters. “You have to make sure you look after yourself well and want to get back as quick as I can. I’m certainly on the mend; I just have to be very, very careful.”
Keane appeared ready to return from the injury several weeks ago but suffered a setback in training that caused him to miss even more time. In light of his setback, Keane admits to being more measured in his recovery, knowing that it is in his best interest not to rush back—no matter how much it hurts to be on the sidelines.
“For me, the most important thing is getting back to training by the end of this week or the start of next week and seeing how I am,” said Keane. “I’m not going to say, ‘I hope to be back next week’ because I thought I was going to be back two or three weeks ago, and I wasn’t. I just want to start concentrating on getting back training next week, and we’ll take it from there.”
CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane was named to the Republic of Ireland's 33-man preliminary roster for their upcoming friendly against archrival England on June 7 and UEFA Euro 2016 Group D Scotland on June 13.
The Galaxy captain has not played in the team's last six matches due to a groin strain but could return to the training field this week ahead of the team's date with Orlando City SC. Currently all signs point to Keane being fit by the time that Ireland boss Martin O'Neill trims his roster on June 1.
Having a healthy Keane in the lineup will only boost Ireland's European Championship hopes as the Boys in Green currently find themselves in fourth place in Group D, two points behind the Scots.
FRISCO, Texas -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed reporters following his club's 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas.
(On conceding two goals late in the game...)
ARENA: “We didn’t do well at the end of the game in the last 15 minutes or so, and that’s my responsibility. When a team plays that poorly on the road, they’re not well coached. We blew a lot of points this week, we could have stolen six points this week, and we walked away with one. That’s my responsibility; I have not done a good job with this team to get them tactically ready for games.”
(On what he has to do to get the players to be better late..)
ARENA:"Train and get them to think when they're tired. We should not have lost that game tonight."
(On Gyasi Zardes' goal perhaps kick starting his confidence...)
ARENA: "Let's hope. Let's hope."
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho honors "his dear enemy" Liverpool and LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard
Incoming LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard will lead Liverpool FC against their bitter rivals Chelsea for the final time this Sunday, but before he faces off against the Blues for one last time, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made sure that the Liverpool skipper knew just how he felt after years of heated rivalry.
In his pregame press conference, the always affable Mourinho waxed poetic about Gerrard, calling the Liverpool midfielder his "most favorite enemy" and stating that facing players of his caliber helped him become a "better manager." Mourinho also revealed that he attempted to sign Gerrard three times during his stints at Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, but each time Gerrard opted to stay with Liverpool due to his loyalty for the club.
Watch Mourinho's complete comments above.
SANDY, Utah -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after his team's scoreless draw to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.
Arena's thoughts on the match are below.
(On the match overall...)
ARENA: “You know the game wasn’t crazy, it wasn’t very good. But it wasn’t crazy.”
(On His feelings on the defensive performance of his team…)
ARENA: “Yes for the most part but at the end but with some fatigue and we made some mistakes so that wasn’t good. The guys fought for 90 minutes. It was a tough night with all the circumstances around the conditions. Nothing great. We’re not going to market this one.”
(On the game’s ending..)
ARENA: “We’ll take the point and get out of here.
(On if he was disappointed with Juninho missing the penalty…)
(On Omar Gonzalez’s performance…)
ARENA: “Omar did well; we had a bunch of guys playing hurt. We’re missing a lot of players so to come here and battle while dealing with the altitude and conditions, and to get a point, I can’t complain. We’ll get a couple guys back for Saturday, and I expect the same kind of effort.”
The LA Galaxy may finally be adding another attacking midfielder to their arsenal.
Goal.com's Ives Galarcep reported on Wednesday morning that the former U.S. youth international Sebastian Lletget will be signing with the Galaxy on a free transfer from English club West Ham. To sign Lletget, Galarcep reports that the Galaxy will need to send allocation money to the New England Revolution who placed a discovery claim on the 22-year-old mifielder.
A native of San Francisco, California, Lletget spent the last five years with the Hammers but was unable to make an English Premier League appearance for the club. Lletget's lone first team showing came in the 2014 FA Cup competition. Although Lletget did not feature much for West Ham, the midfielder boasts U.S. youth international experience at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels.
A central midfielder who can also play out wide, Lletget's reported signing could bring depth to a Galaxy attack that has dealt with injuries to Robbie Keane and Jose Villarreal in recent weeks.