By Alex Taylor

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness believes that Wayne Rooney will never understand how to play in midfield.

Rooney, 30, has spent much of the past 12 months occupying a midfield role both for Manchester United and England.

The former Everton ace has been heavily criticised for his performances since making the switch to midfield and was the subject of derision following England’s 2-1 loss to Iceland at the European Championships this summer.

“He’s such an honest, willing player, and always has been throughout his career, but he’s not made that transition yet,” Souness wrote in his column for The Times. “It has not worked for him at all.

“I thought because of his attitude to the game and his ability, it would have, but it hasn’t. If you don’t get if after a year at 30, then you are never going to get it.

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“He hasn’t grasped the deeper-lying position and he isn’t scoring or creating enough scoring opportunities to be the number ten.”

Rooney may now find his options at Old Trafford limited after losing his number 10 spot to Juan Mata, and Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimović producing returns up front. He was named on the bench again for the Premier league game against Stoke on Sunday.

Souness will be hoping Rooney’s struggles continue when Liverpool take on Manchester United in two weeks’ time at Anfield.

The Reds have won five in a row going into the fixture and will be buoyed after bagging a late winner against Swansea on Saturday.

Fans will be hoping their side can extend their unbeaten run to eight games and pick up their first clean sheet in the league this season.

In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Dejan Lovren suffered a groin injury in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Swansea on Saturday – and fans have had a mixed reaction to the news on Twitter.