By Dominic Toner
Dietmar Hamann believes Wanye Rooney must start against Liverpool in the Premier League.
The Reds host great rivals Manchester United on Monday and the former Anfield legend has urged Jose Mourinho to play Rooney.
The 30-year-old is currently enduring a difficult period and was named as a substitute in the latest England international, handing his captaincy over to Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson.
Rooney has also been named on the bench in United’s last three matches and has fallen down the pecking order under Mourinho.
Hamann, who made 265 appearances for Liverpool, feels that Rooney must be involved in the starting XI in the number 10 role.
“The question about whether Wayne Rooney starts for Man United is an easy one,” Hamann told the Mail. “He has to play. Rooney is a big asset to everyone on the pitch and importantly he has the mentality of a winner.
“He has to start as a number 10 off Zlatan Ibrahimovic. You can’t play him any deeper as he’s not equipped to play as a holding midfielder, full stop. These are the games in which you want to prove yourself.
Rooney has made a staggering 535 appearances for United, scoring 248 goals and supplying 139 assists.
Despite his incredible contribution at Old Trafford, he has constantly been targeted by fans.
He can be used in various positions, with the former Everton player starring in both attack and midfield.
Liverpool were in fine form before the international break and will feel confident regardless of Rooney’s presence.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have already pulled off wins against Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea this season, with United the next big team on their list to conquer.
The Merseyside club have been in phenomenal attacking form, scoring 18 goals from the opening seven league games.
Rooney scored the winning goal last season when United travelled to Anfield in the league and he will be hopeful of repeating the past.
In other Liverpool news, Loris Karius has made a bold claim when comparing his side with Man United.