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"Hated him" - Man United legend Rio Ferdinand reveals the three Liverpool players he really disliked

Will Beaman

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"Hated him" - Man United legend Rio Ferdinand reveals the three Liverpool players he really disliked

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed the three Liverpool players he really wasn't a fan of.

Ferdinand spent 12 years at Old Trafford and came up against some of the world's best strikers during his time in Manchester.

Speaking on his Youtube show Vibe With Five, Rio stated:

“I hated Balotelli, hated him. "He did a couple of things I didn’t like with the fans and I thought he was rude.”

“But I chat with him now, lovely geezer. It’s mad because I’d see him after and it would only be respectful. “

“In the games, in the end I respected it, he was an animal on the pitch."

As a youngster, the former Liverpool and Manchester City striker was tipped to be one of the best players in world football, but never quite lived up to his potential.

Off the pitch disruptions and attitude problems played a big role in Balotelli’s career and the Italian only managed 4 goals during his time in Merseyside.

“Didn’t like Suarez, didn’t like Torres,” Ferdinand went on to say.

“He stamped on my foot one time when the ball was up the other end, stitches in my foot.”

“I was playing, the ball was in the other end, we had some tussles - he was game - he just stamped on my foot.”


“Went in at half-time, took off my boot and it was the worst thing I could’ve done. My foot went ‘woof’ I need stitches. I had an injection, for ages it was killing me, got a scar on my foot.”

Unlike Balotelli, Suarez and Torres both had hugely successful careers in Merseyside and scored 82 and 81 goals for the club respectively.

Despite leaving the side in the primes of their careers, both names are well respected around Liverpool with the pair both deemed to be some of the greatest players Anfield has ever seen.


Topics: Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United, Liverpool

Will Beaman
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