Steven Gerrard speaks for himself in times like these.

Gerrard, 35, rocked the soccer world Friday by announcing his impending departure from Liverpool. Gerrard will leave the Reds when his contract expires after the 2014-15 season, ending a 25-year playing career with his hometown club.

Gerrard’s announcement prompted an outpouring of support and tributes in the immediate aftermath. The longtime Liverpool captain elaborated on his decision Saturday in an interview with the club’s in-house television station, expressing both melancholy over the end of an era and excitement for the future.

Gerrard confirmed that he will take his talents to the United States and join an unspecified team in Major League Soccer next summer. Many expect the Los Angeles Galaxy to sign Gerrard, but he refused to confirm rumors linking him to the reigning American champions.

For now, Gerrard will give his all for the team he has represented for the last 25 years. Liverpool continues chase a top-four finish in the Premier League, will enter the UEFA Europa League in February and still is alive in both the Capital One Cup (Football League Cup) and the FA Cup.

Regardless of how Liverpool fares in the first half of 2015, Gerrard’s legacy will remain firmly intact. But it also is safe to say he will do what he can to drive the Reds to success in the final stage of his legendary Anfield career.

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