Jurgen Klopp breaks down tribal barriers in admiration of Marcus Rashford

Jurgen Klopp has spoken passionately of his pride in Marcus Rashford despite Liverpool ’s fierce rivalry with Manchester United.

The Liverpool manager broke down the tribal barriers in football with an emotional support for the striker in showing true leadership over child food poverty, where the Government has failed.

And he insisted that football is always united when it comes to such “wondrous” shows of humanity.

“I hope his mother is really proud of him. I don’t know him but even I am proud of him. And he plays for United which makes it really tricky!” he said.

“What Marcus has started there is absolutely incredible. And with all the rivalry between the clubs, in these moments we as footballers and as human beings are always united.”

Klopp has spoken of his admiration for Rashford

Rashford has refused to back down in his bid to force the Government to fund meals for vulnerable children outside term time, despite 322 Tory MPs voting against feeding hungry kids.

And Klopp did not hold back in his criticism of Boris Johnson when he said: “It’s just so nice what Marcus has done to lead this, in a time when obviously a lot of people who are really in charge of something don’t show any sign of proper leadership.

“That a boy who has grown up in difficult circumstances – and blessed with sensational talent, obviously – never forgot his roots and where he is coming from, is an absolutely wonderful, wonderful thing.

Rashford with his mum Melanie

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“It is a bit of a shame that he has to do it but it is wonderful as well. Now he is a role model for that and it is truly great; and it won’t distract him from his football things.”

Fans and businesses from across the country, including many thousands in Liverpool, have come together to support Rashford’s campaign. And Klopp said that is incredibly heart-warming.

“I heard about Liverpool and Manchester United rivalry years and years ago and this just shows that football can be really wondrous in moments.

“And it shows as well that the subject is really really serious that is why everybody puts the rivalry aside and thinks about the more important things in life.

“So I am really happy that Liverpool can show this solidarity in these moments.”

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