Rio Ferdinand: I’ve spoken more to Liverpool captain since Man United exit
Ex-Manchester United defender speaks about his relationship with Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard
Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he has spoken more to Steven Gerrard in the past six months than the rest of his career.
The 36-year-old was a mainstay for Liverpool’s chief rivals Manchester United during a 12-year Old Trafford career before he joined Queens Park Rangers in the summer transfer window.
It is the same with Steven Gerrard. I’ve spoken to him more in the last six months than we did in the whole of my career as England team-mates
In his book, ‘#2Sides’, Ferdinand lifted the lid on how he drifted apart from former West Ham United team-mate Frank Lampard after the pair joined Chelsea and United.
And the former England international unveiled Lampard’s reaction to the chapter dedicated to the Chelsea legend’s relationship with Ferdinand in his autobiography.
“It was one of my favourite chapters. I sent that to Frank. We were best buddies as kids. We trained and pushed each other,” Ferdinand told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.
“When I went to Man United and he went to Chelsea, they started winning and we were winning, and we became rivals.
“We distances ourselves from each other. We didn’t really speak at all until we met up for England over a coffee.
“Even then it was guarded. I didn’t want to give him an edge when he went back to Chelsea, they get the edge and beat us.
“I sent him the chapter and he sent me a text back saying, ‘Rio this is exactly how I feel’.
“No we’ve both left our clubs, the relationship has blossomed a bit more.”
Ferdinand continued: “It is the same with Steven Gerrard. I’ve spoken to him more in the last six months than we did in the whole of my career as England team-mates.
“We are no longer threats to each other. It is crazy. The obsession with winning, you’ll do almost anything.”