PHOTO: Steven Gerrard meets Francesco Totti ahead of Roma friendly

Steven Gerrard

Liverpool are due to play Roma on their pre-season tour of the United States on Wednesday

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been pictured meeting Italy and Roma legend Francesco Totti ahead of their pre-season friendly on Wednesday.

The pair have 1,367 games between them at club level, with a further 172 caps combined at international level for England and Italy.

Gerrard drew his England career to a close on Tuesday following the disappointing World Cup campaign that saw them eliminated at the group stage round. Defeat’s to Totti’s country Italy, Uruguay and a stalemate with Costa Rica signalled an unfortunate end to the Liverpool man’s international career.

He is set though to continue playing for Liverpool, and will no doubt benefit from the international breaks for his club as of next season.

37-year-old Totti is also still ploughing along with Italian club Roma, having scored eight goals in 29 appearances last campaign, as the club finished runners-up to Juventus in Serie A.

Both will now help their clubs pre-season preparations in America, with every possibility that they will go head to head in Boston.

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Liverpool could boast new signings Ricky Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Marković in the friendly, but Loic Remy will not be available as the club try to finalise the remainder of his £8.5 million transfer from Queen’s Park Rangers.

While Liverpool also seem short in the left-back role, Gerrard could go up against former England team-mate Ashley Cole, following his move to Roma after being released by Chelsea.

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