Liverpool fans will be able to reel off games from down the years where Steven Gerrard inspired them to victory when all hope seemed lost, and he’s taken no time to have a similar impact for his new side LA Galaxy.
It had appeared that San Jose Earthquakes were going to spoil the 35-year-old’s MLS debut, as Quincy Amarikwa scored twice in four first-half minutes to stun Bruce Arena’s side.
However, the stage was just being set for Gerrard.
Just like he did during the Merseyside club’s famous win in the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul, the midfielder won a penalty as he was elbowed by one of the Earthquake’s defence. Robbie Keane converted the spot-kick to give the Galaxy some hope.
He would then create some more inspiration with the equaliser eight minutes before half-time. His powerful run from midfield evoked memories of how he drove the Reds on on so many occasions, and showed that there can be little question that he is taking his time in America seriously.
The ball found its way onto the right flank, before a crossed was drilled in and found the former England captain near the back post, where he took just one touch to curl his effort around the keeper to level the score.
He would go on to bag an assist as Keane scored a hat-trick, before former West Ham player Sebastian Lletget sealed the 5-2 win in stoppage time.
Despite Keane’s treble, there is no question who was the star of the show.
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