Man Utd vs Liverpool was particularly intense when Steven Gerrard played and he has spoken of his hatred for two opponents.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has admitted he felt ‘hatred’ towards former Manchester Unitedcaptains Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand during his playing career.
Gerrard, who scored six times against United during his Anfield career, was heckled endlessly on his last Old Trafford appearance as United beat Liverpool 3-0 seven months after Gerrard’s fateful slip sparked their title collapse.
Wednesday marked the 10,000th day since Liverpool last won the league and while Gerrard enjoyed some memorable wins over United, his Liverpool sides rarely finished above them in the Premier League table.
Gerrard was sent off against United twice during his career – including his last appearance against them – and skippered Liverpool on several occasions against Neville and Ferdinand.
The trio have all made the transition into punditry since they retired and Gerrard admits he gets on well with the United greats now they are no longer rivals.
“When you’re lining up in the tunnel against Rio and Gary Neville you want to do everything in your power to beat them, there’s hatred there, that’s exactly how it is,” Gerrard said. “When you meet up for England at that time, you pretend you like them, but your career finishes, their career finishes and your friendship starts for real.
“I’ve got nothing but respect for Rio as a player, he played for a top club all his life, he’s a good fella as well. I’m enjoying the role at BT with him as well.”