Peter Crouch admits he was riled by Gary Neville more than any other opposition player.
Neville and Crouch were England teammates but lined up against each other when Manchester United took on Liverpool .
Sky Sports pundit Neville famously angered Liverpool fans by running to celebrate in front of them when Rio Ferdinand scored a last-gasp winner at Old Trafford in 2006.
Neville was fined as a result but insisted it was worth it and Crouch admits his antics are still in his mind ahead of the clash between the two sides this weekend.
“If I think about it now, I can still see him running. Right in my direction, his arms outstretched and screaming in delight. Never before had an opposing player p***** me off so much with a celebration,” Crouch told the Mail.
“I had been substituted and was sitting in the dugout, and from that angle it felt like he was coming to rejoice in front of me.
“The return fixture appeared set to finish with the same score until Rio Ferdinand popped up in injury time and gave Gary the chance to break the land speed record as he flew over to revel in front of Liverpool’s supporters.”
Crouch admits he would ‘never hold it against’ Neville for his antics, such is the desire for both sides to get one over on each other.
Liverpool go into this weekend’s clash at Old Trafford aiming for a ninth win on the spin in the Premier League at the start of this season.
United meanwhile are languishing in 12th after a dismal start to the campaign and could drop into the relegation zone if results go against them.