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'There was contact, but not enough' - Rio Ferdinand questions Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam in 1-1 Anfield draw

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has expressed his displeasure towards Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam after the Scotsman went down easily in the build-up to Steven Gerrard's opening goal in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Adam’s runs had caused a number of problems for United all afternoon and when he powered through after the hour mark the former Blackpool man went down under Ferdinand's challenge, with Gerrard converting the resulting free-kick to give Kenny Dalglish’s side the lead.

Javier Hernandez's late equaliser ensured Manchester United remained top of the Premier League following the game, and Ferdinand admitted that although he did make contact, he was unhappy with Adam’s reaction.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Ferdinand said: “There was the slightest contact but not enough to make a guy who’s 12-13 stone fall like that.”

The game offered very little excitement in the first half but came to life in the second period and Ferdinand admitted the visitors would have accepted a draw before kick-off.

“We are happy with a point at the end, they had chances at the end, but parts of the second half we controlled them and played some good football, but if we made the right decisions in the final third we could have had a couple more opportunities," he continued.

“Considering what we’ve gone through in the last couple of years, I think three times on the spin we’ve lost here [Anfield], so a point’s not a bad result.”

The result sees Manchester United continue their unbeaten start to the season, and the 32-year-old admitted he was glad to be back playing at Anfield following his injury woes of late.

“These are the atmospheres you want to play in. To come here and get three points, for a United player, that’s not much better. It’s great to be playing again.”