Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has issued a rallying cry ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash against Liverpool.
The bitter rivals meet for the second time this season, after Robin Van Persie’s penalty completed a 2-1 victory for the Red Devils at Anfield in September.
Ferdinand knows that the result will mean little when they meet again at Old Trafford however, and is ‘confident and focused’ ahead of the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ side.
“A massive game coming up against Liverpool FC - we’ve got to make sure we beat them. They are a team we are big rivals with, loads of history and massive games and goals in the past,” said Ferdinand on Bubbly.
“Hopefully, we can add some more to that and make sure we get the three points on Sunday. We’re confident, training and the focus starts to begin for this weekend. A huge game – make sure you’re behind us.”
The 81-cap England international also reflected on his side’s 2-2 draw against old club West Ham United earlier in the week, with Ferdinand an unused substitute during the FA Cup third round clash.
That didn’t stop the 34-year-old from enjoying himself back in the east end of London however, admitting he always has a great time when seeing old faces at the club.
And, with Van Persie scoring a late equaliser to earn a replay against the Hammers, Ferdinand had even greater reason to be happy with the outing.
“2-2 against West Ham, my old team when I was a kid growing up there. What a place to go back – I love seeing my old friends and old faces. The atmosphere at Upton Park is tremendous, always, and the away support that travels there with us is always brilliant,” he said earlier in the week on Bubbly.
“The equalising goal in the last minute that Manchester United always do was just unbelievable. The ball from Ryan Giggs was just sublime, the first touch from Robin Van Persie was unbelievable and the finish was just clinical.
“We’ll be looking to go back there later in the season, and I’ll always enjoy that.”