Wayne Rooney stokes Liverpool fire

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Wayne Rooney did his bit to raise the temperature ahead of Manchester United's clash with Liverpool on Saturday at Old Trafford.

The England international and boyhood Everton fan had no problem with voicing his opinion on social networking website Twitter last night during the Reds' 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, calling for a Luis Suarez red card just minutes after the Uruguayan's introduction.

Suarez was returning from an eight match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra during Liverpool's clash with the Red Devils earlier in the season, an incident which has raised tensions to an even higher extent between the two proud clubs.

And Rooney's latest comment will not have gone down well with Liverpool's passionate support, who were delighted to see their striker back in action last night.

"If ref sees that kick from Suarez and books him for it it should be red," wrote the 26-year-old.

Suarez had only just entered the fray from the substitutes bench when he kicked Scott Parker in the stomach, missing his potential volley by some distance.

Kenny Dalglish was quick to defend his player post-match though, and when made aware of Rooney's tweet was quick to fire back his response.

'King Kenny' said: "He never saw him. I don’t have a view on what Wayne’s tweeted. Why don’t you tweet him back and give him your answer?

"Unless Gary or Wayne want to ask the question, I will plead the fifth amendment."

Dalglish was referring to SkySports pundit and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, who also claimed Suarez was luck to avoid receiving his marching orders.

The timing of the comments will not be lost on anyone in the game, with United looking to re-take top spot in the Premier League when the two sides meet in the early kick-off.

Rooney has a mixed record against the Reds stemming back to his time with both Everton and United, scoring a winner in-front of the Kop but also being on the wrong-end of home defeats to the great rivals.

A winner at the Stretford End would be well received, although Suarez will be looking to hit back with a crucial goal in the club's race for a Champions League place.

One can only presume that whichever striker has their best day will end up on the winning side.

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