Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has stoked the fires ahead of this weekend's big Premier League showdown by admitting that he still hates Liverpool.
The former Everton frontman is hoping to end the Reds' title hopes when the Merseysiders arrive at Old Trafford for Saturday lunchtime's crunch clash.
He told MUTV: "I'm very excited about the match.
"I grew up an Everton fan, my whole family are Everton fans and I grew up hating Liverpool and that hasn't changed.
"If we can beat Liverpool it will almost certainly put them out of the title race and that will be great for everybody at Old Trafford and especially for me.
"No other game is ever going to get in the way of United and Liverpool. For me it's always our biggest game of the season.
"Liverpool have put up a great challenge this season, but it would be nice if we could end that challenge at our place.
"For everyone at United, especially myself, that would be a great feeling.
"Games against Liverpool are always anxious. I'm sure it will be frantic with a lot of challenges and it's going to be difficult for both teams.
"It's a massive fixture for both clubs, especially with what's at stake."