Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has revealed that he was taught to hate arch rivals Manchester United.
The retired England international spent a whole career at the Anfield club before leaving to join MLS side LA Galaxy in the summer.
Over the years Gerrard had a number of memorable clashes against the Old Trafford outfit and was sent off in his last appearance against the Red Devils.
Brendan Rodgers had started the veteran on the bench for the Anfield fixture but brought him on at half-time, only for the midfielder to be sent off for a dangerous challenge on Ander Herrera less than a minute after being introduced.
Gerrard has spoken out about the dismissal and admits that hating United is something that has been bred into him.
“It was 38 seconds defined by anger, a kind of madness,” BBC Sport quote the Kop icon as saying.
“I couldn’t stop myself. Without even giving myself time to think I brought my left foot stamping down on Herrera. I felt my studs sink into his flesh just above the ankle. It had to have hurt him.
“I had been taught to loathe Manchester United.”
Liverpool are still getting used to life without Gerrard, with Jordan Henderson and James Milner handed the enviable task of replacing the Kop favourite in the heart of the Reds midfield.