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'They think it's a holiday' - Robbie Keane hits out at certain players moving to MLS

Veteran striker and LA Galaxy captain has warned Steven Gerrard that MLS is a ‘tough, tough league’.

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ROBBIE KEANE HAS criticised certain players who move to Major League Soccer thinking it’s ‘a holiday’.

The veteran LA Galaxy attacker, who was voted the league’s best player last season, was speaking to ESPN when he was asked to give his thoughts on Steven Gerrard’s imminent arrival from Liverpool and the possible problems he may face in transitioning to his new environment.

“The problem is I think with people in Europe – and this won’t be Stevie’s case because I’ve already told him how difficult the league is here – is that people think they’re coming over here to finish their career and it’s a holiday.”

“But when you play for the (LA) Galaxy, that’s not the case. You’re coming over here to win things, because that’s what is expected because we’re one of the biggest teams in the MLS and we have standards here. This league is a tough, tough league.”

Keane made his return for the Galaxy last night in a game with the Houston Dynamo after a seven-week lay-off due to a groin injury.

He had a substantial impact, setting up the match-winner for Alan Gordon in stoppage-time.

Without Keane, the Galaxy had struggled badly – going five games without a win, including a 4-0 hammering to new-boys Orlando City SC.

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