Man United striker Wayne Rooney has warned Liverpool that he is feeling confident after his record-breaking mid-week exploits.
Rooney has yet to score in the Premier League this season, but two in two for England over the international break saw him surpass Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 goals.
Having now made history for his country, Rooney has warned Liverpool that he is feeling confident heading into their showdown on Saturday evening.
“To achieve what I have, I would be lying if I said it didn’t put a spring in my step and make you want to carry on scoring,” said Rooney ahead of the showdown at Old Trafford.
“I am very happy and grateful, but I go back to Manchester, get back into training and start focusing on Liverpool. Hopefully getting two goals in the last two games will mean I continue scoring.
“There’s no better game to go into than Liverpool at home after losing our last game [at Swansea]. It is a game we have to win and it’s something I’m looking forward to.”
Chris Smalling echoed the sentiment by insisting that he expects Rooney to use his form for England as a catalyst to get things right for United.
The 29-year-old scored a hat-trick against Club Brugge in the second leg of their Champions League playoff round, but he has cut a frustrated figure in the Premier League with Louis van Gaal using him as a lone striker this year.