Man United Legend Suggests the Club's Dislike of Liverpool Is 'More Complicated Than Hate'

Published on: 15 October 2016

Former Manchester United full-back and captain Gary Neville has spoken on the rivalry between his club and Liverpool, suggesting the tension between the pair is 'more complicated than hate'.

Jose Mourinho will take his side to Anfield on Monday night to take on Jurgen Klopp's Reds in what should be an epic encounter.

According toSky Sports, Neville has suggested that the hatred between the two sides is hard to explain, referring to the infamous moment when he celebrated in front of Liverpool supporters after a last minute winner.

"I used to say I hated Liverpool, but I've softened a little bit in recent years. Now, I'd say it's more complicated than just hate," said Neville.

"Liverpool and Manchester are so different, yet so alike. There's a realness to both cities, an honesty to the people, a love of hard work, graft and most of all, football.

"So whenever I'm asked if I'm sorry for celebrating in front of the Liverpool fans back in 2006, my answer is the same every time: Of course not."

Neville also added that this passion and hatred between the pair has not and should not change; he also admits it's the part of football that you love, whether you win, lose or arejust a neutral.

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"United and Liverpool have been doing battle since 1894," continued Neville.

"When they kick off for the 197th time on Monday Night Football, I hope it's electric, and yeah, maybe a bit dirty.

"If a Liverpool player scores the winning goal at Anfield on Monday I hope he jumps into the Kop with 10 of his team-mates and Klopp is running down the touchline like a maniac. If they did anything less, I'd be disappointed.

"That madness and passion is the essence of football."

After spells with England and Valencia, Neville is back doing what he does best; since returning to punditry, he's shown his spell away from the studio hasn't dimmed his love for the game.