Ferdinand, who was part of BT Sport’s specialist team in charge of Liverpool’s lunchtime trip to Craven’s Cottage, took time to take pictures and sign autographs with supporters before the game.
But the Manchester United legend politely refused to sign an autograph on the head of a fan in Fulham wearing a new Liverpool home shirt.
Ferdinand filmed the exchange and posted the video on social media. The fan can be heard asking the former England defender, “Can you sign this?” – and he replied: “He just asked me to sign a Liverpool shirt, are you crazy?”.
He then added, “I can’t sign, I can’t sign someone in a Liverpool shirt”.
The fan’s friend signed an item, but when Ferdinand was told he was a Liverpool fan, he joked: “Give that back to me!”.
After joining Liverpool from Leeds United in 2002, Ferdinand made 455 appearances for Liverpool’s arch-rivals Manchester United and went on to win six Premier League titles.
However, he has previously publicly expressed his admiration for Liverpool while he was growing up.
“As a kid, Liverpool were a good team, with guys like John Barnes and John Aldridge, and United didn’t really win anything,” he told MUTV in 2009.
“In my manor [in Peckham]all my teammates are Liverpool fans.
“But I prefer the players to the clubs. Players like John Barnes, Paul Ince, Paul Gascoigne.
“But once United came to me, it was easy for me. I was worried that if I didn’t take this opportunity, I might never get it again.”