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Gerrard plays LA Galaxy game with Liverpool shin pads

Steven Gerrard has proved he still loves Liverpool by playing for LA Galaxy in shin pads with the Reds' crest on.

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Gerrard inspired his new side to victory as he marked his MLS debut with a goal as former England captain and LA Galaxy star David Beckham watched on.

The 34-year-old also had a role in two of Robbie Keane's three goals as Galaxy came from behind to beat San Jose Earthquakes 5-2.

Gerrard left Liverpool in May, admitting he had lost the "buzz" of playing for his boyhood club when his game time diminished under Brendan Rodgers last season.

Gerrard scores on MLS debut

Steven Gerrard scored on his MLS debut. Credit: Reuters

Steven Gerrard marked his Major League Soccer debut with a goal as he inspired the Los Angeles Galaxy to a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Watched by former Galaxy star David Beckham at StubHub Center, the ex-Liverpool and England captain scored one and had a hand in two of Robbie Keane's three goals to help the hosts win the 'California Clasico' and go top of the Western Conference.

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Ex-Liverpool skipper Gerrard enjoys first Galaxy outing

Steven Gerrard said it was a "great feeling" to make his LA Galaxy debut in the 2-1 friendly victory over Club America but admits it will take a while before his new fans get to see the best of him after a two-month break.

Gerrard was named in the Galaxy starting line-up for the opening match of the International Champions Cup clash against the Mexican outfit and played the first 45 minutes before being one of a raft of changes made by the MLS side at the interval.

Steven Gerrard was on the winning side. Credit: PA

He also admitted, though, that he found it tough physically and pledged to get "better and better" the longer he spends with his new club.

Gerrard said on www.lagalaxy.com: "It was a great feeling. It was a difficult game and I thought [Club America] were very good.

"I thought after 15 or 20 minutes that the team settled really well, we played some good football and we got our deserved equaliser. For me personally, it was good to get 45 minutes under my belt and I'll keep getting better and better and the more I get used to my team-mates, I'll improve."

Gerrard vows to make future Liverpool return

Departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he will come back to come back to the club in the future.

Gerrard, who wrote an open letter to fans, has previously spoken about becoming a coach at Liverpool.

Steven Gerrard is off. Credit: PA

"I've been a supporter all my life and that will continue," he wrote in an open letter to fans in the Liverpool Echo.

"I hope to get the opportunity to come back and serve the club again one day.

"I feel that I can make a contribution in some role in the future."

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Gerrard ready for Liverpool farewell - Rodgers

Steven Gerrard is on his way. Credit: PA

Headlines about Raheem Sterling's contract issues and the prospect of Liverpool losing a star player this summer have deflected attention from the departure of one of the club's true greats.

There was, quite correctly, great fanfare surrounding Steven Gerrard's final match at Anfield last week but Sunday's trip to Stoke will be the midfielder's 710th and final appearance for the Reds.

He'll be very able.

I'm sure for Steven it's been a huge relief. Leading into your last game at Anfield, which has been his home for 17 years, there was probably a whole load of emotion.

Unfortunately our performance level wasn't what we expected (they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace) but I think the crowd and the supporters recognised the moment and gave him a great send-off.

So I'm sure for him it's a huge sigh of relief and he has worked well this week concentrating on Sunday's game.

– Brendan Rodgers
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