Rio Ferdinand reacts to Steven Gerrard announcement

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, now at Queens Park Rangers, shows his respect for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been singing the praises of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

On Friday, former England international midfielder Gerrard announced that he will leave the Reds at the end of the season when his current contract runs out.

The 34-year-old has been at the Merseyside outfit his entire career and is easily one of the greatest players in the club’s history.

Ferdinand, now at Queens Park Rangers, was a fierce rival of Gerrard at club level during his time at United.

The 36-year-old has now revealed just how much respect he and his then-United teammates had for his English compatriot.

“As an opponent who I regularly played against, for a fierce rival team, I grew a dislike for Liverpool’s players,” Ferdinand wrote on his website.

“I didn’t mean for those feelings to come about but the rivalry between Man Utd and LFC meant it just took over me…

“But, whenever we played against Stevie those feelings were there but even stronger was the respect of him as a player who had the tools to hurt my team if we never got to him quickly to close him down and not play his normal game.

“He was the first players name spoken about in a team meeting about Liverpool 99% of the time.”

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