Ex-Roma player Aquilani: “It was very hard to leave Roma.”

Former Roma player Alberto Aquilani, one of the club’s top home-grown prospects in the mid 2000s, spoke to The Echo and recounted his experience in the capital and his move away to Liverpool.

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“Many people think Liverpool spent too much money to then never let me play, so I was a flop. They’re right. It’s true.”

“However, a lot of things happened that led up to me being labelled a flop.”

He continued:

“For me it was very hard to leave Roma, both as a player and a fan.”

“I remember when I was younger, Arsenal and Chelsea came forward with really fantastic offers but I didn’t want to leave Roma.”

“The injury that I sustained later on changed everything: I was sidelined for 4-5 months.”

“At that point Liverpool was a great opportunity for me. It was a dream. Everyone told me it was footballing paradise and that it would be the right choice. A great club made up of great players.”

“Gerrard was a hero to me, so playing alongside him was a great opportunity.”

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