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Wayne Rooney is like Liverpool legend, says Carragher

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is comparable to Kenny Dalglish at the peak of the Scot's powers, at least that's according to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.

Carragher first played in the same team as Rooney on international duty with England nine years ago and immediately saw similarities between the then Everton teenager and one of Liverpool's greatest icons.

The former Liverpool defender still recalls how he instantly spotted an uncanny resemblance to Dalglish in Rooney's style of play, and told Anfield skipper Steven Gerrard after a particular England game with Sweden that the youngster had something of the King about him.

"That was the first time I had played alongside Wayne and the longer the game went on in Gothenburg, I could not get the comparison with Kenny out of my head. Kenny used to put his big backside into defenders, lever them out of the way before creating something special," Carragher wrote in his Daily Mail column.

"It doesn’t matter whether Wayne plays as a centre forward or behind a front man, he is equally effective in both roles, as Kenny was in his pomp. The love and enthusiasm he has for the game was equally reminiscent of Dalglish.

"I could see that against Sweden. The pitch wasn’t great that night but Wayne kept receiving possession, holding up play skilfully and spinning away from his markers. His touch was brilliant, his awareness first class. He left a deep impression on me."

After a summer of uncertainty regarding his future with Manchester United, Rooney has provided a timely reminder of his talents prior to this weekend's encounter with Manchester City.

Rooney has three goals in his last two appearances for Manchester United, and moved into the exclusive 200-club with a brace against Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

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