The difference between Liverpool’s Mo Salah, Saido Mane and Roberto Firmino and Manchester United former strike force of Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo is Premier League winners medals, according to Rooney.
During Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football analysis, Liverpool’s current front-three were compared to Manchester United’s back-to-back title-winning attack from 2007-09.
The Reds’ trio have lit up the Premier League this season, scoring a combined total of 38 goals between them, but the rest of the team is letting them down.
“They are very dangerous”
The Everton striker believes that Liverpool’s current front-three of Salah, Mane and Firmino must win trophies to emulate his Manchester United teammates.
The 32-year-old also believes that behind Liverpool’s attack, the rest of their side isn’t good enough.
Rooney told Sky Sports MNF:
“I think they are very dangerous.
Firmino works very hard to win the ball back and they have a lot of pace.
As good as they are, Salah takes them to the next level.
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.”
When asked whether Liverpool’s front-three can emulate them, Rooney responded:
“I think it would be difficult. The difference we had is Premier League winners’ medals.
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.”