Although Manchester Cityâ€™s emergence as a major threat has given derby day added significance, it is those other reds who really fire them up.
Ahead of tomorrowâ€™s 187th league meeting, Ferdinand said: â€śIt is the fixture we look forward to first. The rivalry runs deep.
â€śLiverpool have not been fighting for the championship but the fans and the players are well versed in what this means to us as a club.â€ť
As well as the 37 titles and eight European Cups between them, the number of great players representing either United or Liverpool is the stuff of legend â€” as is the enmity.
Ferdinand added: â€śIt is special. You look back over the years and there have been loads of great moments.
â€śYou just want to add your name and be a part of a team that joins that long list.
â€śI always enjoy playing against Liverpool.â€ť