We’ve come to know Dean Saunders as somewhat of a ‘professional idiot’ over at Football FanCast, and his comments on Wayne Rooney’s future continue that theme nicely.
The former Wolves boss has, for some reason, tipped the former England international for a move to Anfield this summer in light of the striker being linked with a move to Derby as a player-coach.
Rooney has been playing with DC United over in the United States, where he has netted an impressive 25 goals in 46 appearances since leaving Everton.
Whilst speaking to talkSPORT, Saunders said: “I was thinking – it crossed my mind – if he’s fit and he’s hungry you know Liverpool need a player [like that].
“That type of player Liverpool probably could do with. A player who can play in midfield and turn defence into attack, splitting passes and scoring goals.
“He could definitely play for the middle part of the Premier League teams. He could get in Palace’s team. He could get in Villa’s team.”
Where do I start with this?
Firstly, Rooney is a boyhood Evertonian and is also Manchester United’s record goalscorer – just the mere fact that he has played for those two clubs alone means he wouldn’t be the most popular man in Liverpool given the respective rivalries between the Reds and those sides.
In terms of on-field matters, Rooney is 33 years of age now and has been playing in the metaphorical footballing retirement home that is Major League Soccer for around a year and a half – do we really think he has what it takes to operate in Jurgen Klopp’s high-pressing system at Liverpool?
Saunders even goes on to say that Rooney could ‘definitely’ play for a mid-table side such as Crystal Palace or Aston Villa, which seems as if he is already starting to backtrack on his claim – obviously he could play for those sides if he could play for Liverpool.
There is just so much wrong with this opinion that I could probably turn this into a feature-length piece, but nobody has the time to analyse Saunders’ words that much.