Klopp: Rooney still a world-class player

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp still considers Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney a “goalscorer and a threat” despite his poor run of form as of late. 

Rooney has lost his place in the United and England’s starting XI recently, with many feeling that he will struggle to break out of his downward spiral.

However, Klopp refuses to underestimate Rooney, who has scored just once in the 10 games he has played across all formats, heading into his side’s clash with the Red Devils on Monday.

“Wayne Rooney is a goalscorer and a threat,” Klopp said. “A situation like this can happen in a long career. From my side he’s a world-class player.

“But I am manager of Liverpool so I know it is not allowed to like United players!”

In addition to Rooney, Klopp also highlighted Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba as serious threats.

Ibrahimovic has scored six goals in 11 appearances, while Pogba has found the back of the net just once in six games.

“Ibrahimovic was not there, Pogba – they are both world-class players and when they are in your team they are not worse than last year, for sure,” Klopp said. “Unfortunately this is a really strong side from Manchester, they know about football, they are experienced, cool in the right moments, they don’t need world-class performances to win a game.

“Even on rainy days, it’s possible to score and win – they have those types in the team, but it doesn’t mean they will win the game. It just means they have a chance.”