Former Manchester United and Everton forward Wayne Rooney isn’t Liverpool’s biggest fan but he does like their manager, other than the fact he’s winning with the Reds.

You have to feel sorry for Wayne Rooney when he sees Liverpool winning the Champions League. The former England captain is an Everton fan and a Manchester United legend must have hurt more than most.

Jurgen Klopp has turned the fortunes round at Anfield and Rooney even admits that he likes the German, apart from the part where he’s successful with the Reds. Speaking to Bild, Rooney said, “Jurgen is a manager every player would love playing for. You can see how much fun his players have playing under him.

“I met him once, he is an amazing guy.

“His only mistake is that he works for Liverpool and is successful there.

“I have much respect for Jurgen Klopp and for what he already has achieved. Not only in Liverpool, but also in Dortmund.

“This guy really has it. And he has his best years still upon him.”

Klopp will be very happy to hear he's annoying United fans. Image: PA Images
Klopp will be very happy to hear he’s annoying United fans. Image: PA Images

Klopp has certainly transformed Liverpool since his arrival on Merseyside in October 2015. The Reds finished sixth the season before and had a poor start to the 15/16 season.

Since then they have moved from potential top four finishers, to being established in the top four and now look like Manchester City’s only rivals for the Premier League title.

They finished runners up to Pep Guardiola’s team by just one point last season with everyone else miles off the two teams.

In the past two seasons the Reds have also reached the Champions League final in both years. Finishing runners up to Real Madrid in 2018 and beating Spurs for their sixth European title in 2019.

Even before he moved to Liverpool Klopp had incredible success. The 52-year-old won two Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund and took them to a Champions League final, where they lost to fierce rivals Bayern Munich.

Rooney scores for DC United. Image: PA Images
Rooney scores for DC United. Image: PA Images

Rooney is no stranger to success himself. United’s all time top scorer won 16 trophies during his time at Old Trafford, including five Premier League titles and the Champions League.

The former Everton striker is now plying his trade in America where he plays for DC United and has 10 goals and five assists in 20 appearances so far this season.

Like with many ex United players there’s no doubt that the teams current plight will be hurting him, but seeing their rivals doing so well will be adding to the pain.

Ryan Sidle

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