Wayne Rooney challenges Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

Wayne Rooney challenges Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (R) celebrates with teammate Sadio Mane

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Feb 09, 2018. 12:30

Everton striker Wayne Rooney says Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will not emulate Manchester United‘s attacking trio which included Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and himself.

The former Red Devils and England forward says the trio is dangerous, but the Reds' atatckers will need a strong defence for them to win trophies in England.

Salah has enjoyed a superb debut season at Anfield alongside Mane and Firmino as they have scored 56 goals between them so far this term.

Rooney, Tevez and Ronaldo were in sublime form for two seasons at Old Trafford helping the club win consecutive English Premier League titles as well as the Champions League in 2008.

“I think they are very dangerous, Firmino works very hard to win the ball back and they have a lot of pace,’ Rooney told Sky Sports.

“Alex Ferguson used to let us attack how we wanted but if you’re on the wing, you had to track back on the wing. We had a good compromise because me and Tevez would do a lot more work defensively than Cristiano.

“But with Cristiano, you knew he would win us those big games with the big moments. With any other player, you probably wouldn’t but with Cristiano, he was that good you had to accommodate him.

“I would gladly do that for him to score big goals and help us win trophies.”

Speaking about the three Anfield-based attackers, Rooney adds that it would be difficult for them to match his former United teammates.

“I think it would be difficult. The difference we had is Premier League winners’ medals,” adds Rooney.

“We had real quality behind us and the defence was solid. For them three to get to the level we were at, they need that wall behind them.”

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