Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says that he decided to call it quits on his Anfield career and join MLS side LA Galaxy, after being dissatisfied with his part time role at the Merseyside club this season.
Gerrard, who will be turning 35 at the end of this month, retired from international football after the end of the 2014 World Cup last summer to focus on club duties.
However, the midfielder has not been a regular for Liverpool this season starting in only 23 games in the Premier League.
And Gerrard says that he decided to end his 17-year association with Liverpool and move to the United States after discovering from manager Brendan Rodgers that he would be starting in even fewer games next season.
"I'm going to come on as a sub and the buzz changes," said Gerrard, according to Sky Sports. "For me, I go to work on a Monday morning and I look forward to Saturday, to prepare to go to battle with some wonderful people - with good mates – and that's my buzz."
"When a manager gets you into the office and says that's going to change and it's going to become more limited - that's when you make your decision.
"It's not a selfish thing; coming on as a sub's just not the same buzz so things have changed this year."
Gerrard, who has been the captain of Liverpool for the last 10 years, will not be under much pressure when he moves to LA Galaxy in the summer.
And the 34-year-old says that he is looking forward to having a more relaxing time after the end of this season.
"It lets you give a little back to your family," he added. "You step out of the city, you breathe for a bit, you enjoy your kids and you go to a place where you are going to enjoy it. I think the league's going to be good, I can still start games and I can still enjoy it."