Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard aims thinly-veiled swipe at Manchester United ahead of Old Firm derby

The Reds have enjoyed a phenomenal campaign so far, having taken 52 of a possible 54 points, and look well on course to win their first title in three decades.

Their bitter rivals United have endured a vastly contrasting season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side 24 points behind the Merseyside club in eighth position.

And Rangers boss Gerrard, heading into Sunday’s Old Firm derby five points behind Celtic, couldn’t resist the urge to make a jibe at United when speaking about his side’s huge clash.

The former Liverpool and England star said: “I suppose it had many similarities but it’s not necessarily a derby match, Liverpool vs Manchester United.

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“I think the rivalry comes from success, the two most successful teams in England so that’s another similarity to up here in the Old Firm.

“I think the Liverpool vs Everton match is more similar in terms of the bitterness and hatred and bragging rights in the local community but Manchester is 40 minutes, one hour away, and obviously Manchester United are not at the top of the table anymore so there’s another difference for you.”

Neil Lennon’s side have won 11 games in a row in the league but Gerrard believes his Rangers team can bring that run to an end.

“We are going to Parkhead in good form and good shape. We know it will be a very tough match, they have a very strong home record,’ he continued.