But despite leading Liverpool to many honours, the Scousers never took to the little turd either!
Jamie Carragher expects former his former Liverpool team-mate to receive a frosty reception when he returns to Anfield with Manchester United next month.
But it's not just his Man Utd connections ... because the Scousers pulled the piss out of him each time he played against them for Newcastle.
Carragher knows the forward will be the focus of attention when the Red Devils make the trip to Merseyside on October 25.
Carragher: "Our fans are usually brilliant with former players but he might get a cool reception.
"That won't bother him though.
"You can understand the fans' point of view. He used to play for us and now he's at our big rivals so of course there will be some reaction.
"That's football and Michael will know that. He has upset some fans but that's football.
"He's a mate of mine so I suppose I have to wish him well but only to a certain extent.
"When I've played against him he's been kept fairly quiet but - and no disrespect to Newcastle - he wasn't getting the service and it'll be a harder experience when he's in United's line-up."