5 Incidents that prove Manchester United-Liverpool is the biggest rivalry in the world
#4 Gerrard's comments on Manchester United's shirt
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard took a film crew on tour of his home, showing a collection of football shirts he swapped with opposing players as part of the routine after the match; he pointed out that there were no Manchester United shirts in there and he would never have one of them in his house.
Steven Gerrard has made some explosive comments about the Liverpool - Manchester United rivalry and how deeply it affects him.
"I had been taught (from childhood) to loathe Manchester United," he said.
"It was drilled into our brains, hardening our hearts and conditioning our souls as Liverpool fans."
"It was tattooed into the head of every Liverpool fan. We had never liked each other, as clubs or as cities, but the animosity had become deeper."
"For more than 26 years, I’d always felt compelled to show fire towards them. They were the enemy. Their shirt is the only one I won’t allow in my house. I have a big collection of shirts I’ve swapped with other players — but not one from United.”
The intensity of the rivalry can be gauged from this line in Gerrard’s autobiography – “during 90 minutes of football, I want United to die.”