Liverpool's Steven Gerrard versus AS Roma's Francesco Totti
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Drawing comparisons between the career trajectories of Liverpool’s talismanic captain Steven Gerrard and AS Roma’s patriarch Francesco Totti is an inevitable prospect. Both were passionate childhood fans of their “native” football clubs. Both were recruited into their club academies at a very tender age. Both have risen through the ranks and established themselves as the heart and soul of their club. And both have consistently led from the front and guided their clubs to football glory.
However, the strongest bond that exists between the two is their relentless, unmitigated devotion to their beloved club. The common thread that binds Totti and Gerrard together is their unique ability to stand by their clubs through thick and thin.
But the past few years have been particularly painful for the aficionados of Roma and Liverpool. Totti and Gerrard have seen their club slip down their respective domestic league tables in recent years owing to the dominance of their cross country rivals. Both Roma and Liverpool have failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League since the 2010-2011 and 2009-2010 seasons respectively. Their continued absence from Europe’s premier football cup competition has severely tarnished their image and dented their aspirations of attracting the big name players to their clubs which their domestic rivals have been successfully able to do so.
While Roma occupied a lowly 6th spot in the Italian Serie A in 2012-13, Liverpool was left languishing in