Ahead of the huge game at Anfield, talkSPORT.com read an extract from the former Liverpool captain’s autobiography where he explained the consequences of daring to don a United top
“Cut my veins open and I bleed Liverpool red,” Steven Gerrard once remarked.
This is a Scouser who grew up to captain his boyhood club to European Cup glory – he’s an Anfield legend.
So you may be surprised to learn he once wore a Bryan Robson Manchester United shirt.
There’s no love lost between the two clubs, who resume their rivalry on Sunday and so talkSPORT.com opened up Gerrard’s autobiography to read him recall the time he sent his dad ‘ballistic’ with his choice of football kit.
“A mate of mine owned this Robson top, the old blue-and-white one with dashes on it,” he wrote.
“We were kicking about on Ironside [the appropriately named road he grew up on] and I asked him whether I could be Robson for a while.
“I slipped out of my Liverpool shirt, and put the Robson one on.
“It felt fantastic.
“I wore it for an hour, charging all over, flying into tackles, scoring brave goals, pretending I was Robson.
“Because the shirt had Robson’s name on it, I forgot about the United bit.
“I didn’t seem like treachery to Liverpool, more homage to an England god.”
Robson is considered an idol to many Three Lions fans of a certain age, having captained the team in 65 of his 90 appearances. Sir Alex Ferguson called him a ‘human marvel who pushed himself through every imaginable limit,” but that mattered little to Gerrard snr.
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“Unfortunately, dad looked out the window and went ballistic,” he continued.
“‘Get inside now!’ he screamed. Scarcely through the door, I ran into a right good grilling.
“‘What the hell are you playing at, wearing a Manchester United shirt?’ he asked.
“‘But dad, it’s Bryan Robson’s shirt,’ I explained.
“Dad couldn’t have cared less. ‘You should know better,’ he said.
“It was a United strip, and dad wasn’t having any son of his dragging the Gerrard name through the Huyton gutter.
“What would the neighbours think? Honest to God, I thought I was going to have to move house!
“I was only a baby but I was convinced dad would kick me out for putting on that United shirt.”
The telling off certainly did the trick, not that there was any doubt about who he’d want to play for.
Gerrard played 710 times for Liverpool, scoring 1986 times and winning the Champions League, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups and three League Cups between 1998 and 2015.
Respect from Fergie
“If you were looking for the player you would replace [former United captain Roy] Keane with, it would be Gerrard, without question.
“He has become the most influential player in England, bar none. More than [Patrick] Vieira.
“Not that Vieira lacks anything, but I think that Gerrard does more for his team than Vieira does, and has way more to his game.
“I’ve watched him quite a lot. To me, Gerrard is Keane.
“Everywhere the ball is, he seems to be there. He’s got that unbelievable engine, desire, determination.
“Anyone would love to have Gerrard in their team.”