Klopp delivers verdict on Rooney ahead of Liverpool fixture
By Dominic Toner
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that Wayne Rooney is “world class” as his side prepare to face Manchester United.
The Merseyside club host their rivals on Monday in the Premier League and Klopp has highlighted the threat of 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 Jose Mourinho.
Despite his recent disappointment, Klopp feels that the striker is still a phenomenal player and could cause a serious threat against his side.
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“I know a lot of what everyone thinks at the moment about Wayne Rooney and I cannot think the same things, even as a manager of Liverpool,” Klopp said, as quoted by the Echo. “It’s not allowed that I like players from Manchester United but he is 30 years old and he has had a long, more than decent career in the Premier League.
“From my side he is a world class player and world class players are always a threat.”
Liverpool will be hopeful of keeping the United attack quiet and improving on their recent run of results.
Klopp was recently named the Manager of the Month for September, after three consecutive league victories against Leicester, Hull and Chelsea.
United have stuttered in recent fixtures and drew 1-1 at home to Stoke before the international break.
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 defenders Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip will hope to dominate Rooney if he features against them.
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