Rooney switches focus to Liverpool

Fresh from his record-breaking exploits with England, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has set his sights on opening his Premier League account for the season with a goal against Liverpool.

The England skipper scored two goals in the recent international break to move past Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time goal-scoring record and establish himself as the Three Lions' top scorer, with his 50th goal for his country in the 2-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday setting a new record.

Rooney has come in for heavy criticism thus far this season after failing to find the mark in United's opening four league fixtures, but the 29-year-old believes that the confidence he has built over the past week will aid him when United take on their bitter rivals on Saturday.

"To achieve what I have, I would be lying if I said it didn't put a spring in my step and make you want to carry on scoring," said Rooney.

"I am very happy and grateful, but I go back to Manchester, get back into training and start focusing on Liverpool. Hopefully getting two goals in the last two games will mean I continue scoring.

"There's no better game to go into than Liverpool at home after losing our last game [at Swansea]. It is a game we have to win and it's something I'm looking forward to."

Despite all the success that he has achieved, Rooney insists that he never takes his place in the England side for granted, and that he will be working harder than ever as he looks to prolong his international career.

“I just want to keep playing,” he said. “I understand there are a lot of young lads in this team and I don’t want to give my place up. I want to play. I come and work harder every time and I want to make it hard for the manager to leave me out over the next couple of years.

“You have to fear for your place: I train every day as if my place is on the line. When you get older and have played a lot of games you become more aware of the need [to maintain standards].”