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Rio: Liverpool rivalry runs deep

ESPN staff
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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is looking forward to facing Liverpool on Sunday and says it is one of the first games the players look for when the fixtures are published.

Liverpool may only once have challenged Manchester United for the Premier League title, when Rafael Benitez's side finished second, four points in arrears, in 2008-09, but that has not seen the rivalry between the two clubs diminish.

"I would say it is the fixture we look forward to first,'' Ferdinand said. "The rivalry runs deep. Liverpool have not been up their fighting for the championship but the fans and the players are well versed in what this means to us as a club.

"It is special. You look back over the years and see what has gone on before I came to the club and whilst I have been here there have been loads of great moments. You just want to add your name and be a part of a team that joins that long list of events that have gone on.

"I always enjoy playing against Liverpool, either at Anfield or Old Trafford. Hopefully this is another good, exciting and winning occasion for us.''

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