Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has revealed that Sunday's massive Premier League showdown with Liverpool is very personal, giving him a chance to continue a rivalry that dates back to his childhood.
Rooney grew up in an Everton household that relished derby day on Merseyside, which means goals against Liverpool are something extra special for the Red Devils skipper.
A repeat of his 2012 double against the Reds is something Rooney can strive for ahead of this weekend's meeting, a match which which has always meant just that little bit more to players and supporters of two Premier League institution.
Family feeling runs deep
As part of their derby day coverage the Manchester Evening News has today ran a feature on some of the most memorable quotes from United and Liverpool stars ,with Rooney's words a standout inclusion.
The Red Devils skipper was honest about his history with Liverpool, revealing: "I grew up an Everton fan, my whole family are Everton fans and I grew up hating Liverpool. And that hasn't changed."
Ferguson and Gerrard also weigh in
In the interest of fairness there's also quotes from Liverpool talisman Steven Gerrard in the piece, with family ties again at the heart of his ill feeling for a hated local rival.
Gerrard revealed: "A mate owned a Bryan Robson top. We were kicking about, and I asked if I could be Robbo for a while. My dad looked out and went ballistic. He wasn’t having his kid dragging the Gerrard name through the gutter. I thought we’d have to move!"
Neville and Carragher on the frontline of rivalry
Rooney's attempts to fire United to a sixth successive Premier League victory will come at a bad time for Liverpool, who are still smarting from their Champions League exit in midweek.
Expect the big Super Sunday treatment from Sky Sports this Sunday, which means Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher swapping jibes in the studio in between the moments that matter at Old Trafford.
Carragher's move into the world of punditry ensures that the pre-match coverage and analysis will definitely be worth watching, even if Neville gets bragging rights over his former foe.
Both players are famous for epitomising everything the United/Liverpool rivalry stands for, huge passion, desire and genuine hatred for the opposition for 90 minutes twice a season.
With both club legends retired its time for a new set of players to stand up and be counted this weekend, and quite possibly the final time Rooney and Gerrard will go head-to-head at the Theatre of Dreams.
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