LA Galaxy tweet the first picture of their new No.8
Steven Gerrard is being presented as an LA Galaxy player for the first time today.
The Liverpool legend, who left Anfield this summer after more than 17 years, is starting a new life in California and looked very pleased with himself as he prepared to team up with his former team-mate Robbie Keane.
"I had some nice opportunities around Europe," he told Galaxy TV. "But I wanted a completely fresh challenge, to come out of my comfort zone, live away from home and get a different life experience and choose a place where my family can enjoy themselves and settle.
"When I retire from football in a few years time I want to say I did try something different and didn't stay in the same place -- although I loved every minute of it."
Welcome to Los Angeles, Steven Gerrard! #GR8NESS pic.twitter.com/Kqe76HZqNf
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 3, 2015
Gerrard denied that he was taking the easy option by move to LA.
"I've been working really hard alone to make sure my physical condition is still good and to make sure I still have my strength because when I turn up at Los Angeles I want to be ready to go," he added.
"I don't want any excuses that I need weeks or a month to get fitness, I'm trying to keep that level so I'm in good condition when I arrive.
"I like to give 100 percent, work as hard as I can, I don't like losing, so I'll do everything I can to try to win football matches.
"I'm a team player, I'm no individual, I never think about myself - it's all about the team and what I can bring to the team to help us win."