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17th Oct, 2016 | 5:03pm

Leon Osman urges Mourinho to axe pal Rooney against Liverpool

By Dominic Toner

Leon Osman believes that Wayne Rooney should be named on the bench against Liverpool.

Manchester United travel to Anfield on Monday in the Premier League and Jose Mourinho has a difficult choice to make with 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.

He has also been named on the bench in United’s last three matches and has fallen down the pecking order under Mourinho.

Rooney and Osman played together at Goodison Park, but the latter still has doubts about his former team-mate.

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Everton legend Osman, who made 426 appearances for the Toffees, believes that Rooney should be omitted from the starting XI against Liverpool.

“He’s a friend of mine but personally not (start against Liverpool),” Osman told BBC Radio 5 live. “I think there is a lot of talk and so much issue of Wayne Rooney at the minute.

“I think just leave him out the team and that takes that away. He’s an incredible substitute to have.”

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.

Liverpool were in fine form before the international break and will feel confident regardless of Rooney’s presence.

The Reds have been handed a boost ahead of the match, with Adam Lallana pictured entering the ground despite an injury concern.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have the opportunity to join leaders Manchester City and Arsenal on 19 points if they can win against their great rivals.

In other Liverpool news, Roberto Firmino has posted a Twitter message ahead of the clash against United.