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As exit to MLS looms, Steven Gerrard returns for Liverpool’s FA Cup effort

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

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Since 1998, Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard has stalked the pitch for only one team.

For his long-term success and consistency, he will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the Reds’ all-time greats.

The 34-year-old decided to finish his career across the pond back a few months ago, signing a contract with the LA Galaxy to replace the star power of Landon Donovan. Gerrard expressed his excitement for a “fresh challenge” in the USA that will see him getting paid around $9 million on an 18-month deal.

Attesting to the veteran’s willingness to perform well in the United States’ growing soccer league, Galaxy manager Bruce Arena said he was “surprised” at the Gerrard’s excitement for MLS.

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But for many fans of the American-owned Premier League side, the midfielder’s departure will ultimately signal the end of an era. Although young talent exists at Anfield--principally in the form of Raheem Sterling--few can predict what the future holds for Brendan Rodgers and Co.

However, there is still time left for Gerrard to have one final push at a trophy, an FA Cup crown.

Gerrard has been suspended for three games but will be ready to play when the Reds clash against Aston Villa in the tournament’s semifinal on Sunday, according to Rodgers.

“Steven is definitely ready,” he said. “We had a game here on Monday that he played in.

“He’s a special footballer. He has always produced big goals and big moments. The most important thing is having him back for Sunday.

“He knows Wembley well. He’s got special quality.”

Out for about two months, Gerrard is not in prime position to log a spectacular showing against the Villans, but based on his aptitude for playing at a high level in important matches, as Rodgers stated, don’t be amazed to watch the soccer legend excel.

Easier than it sounds, all that’s needed is two FA Cup wins to cement a storybook finish for a spectacular career.