The forward featured against Moyes’s United side during Leverkusen’s 4-2 defeat at Old Trafford last night, after Moyes admitted he was an admirer of the 29-year-old.
Kiessing has regularly contributed goals to the Bundesliga giants during a seven year stint, although things may have been different had Moyes had the funds to pull off a deal during his time at Goodison Park.
“In all the years I was at Everton, I followed him all the time,” Moyes told Bild.
“But the money was sadly lacking.
“I have great respect for him. He is a great player who is strong with his head and his feet.”
Kiessling was on the pitch for 78 minutes of last night’s 4-2 defeat, a game in which Wayne Rooney grabbed the headlines with two goals and an outstanding performance.
His display drew words of encouragement from Moyes, who was delighted with a win on his Champions League debut.
“Wayne Rooney could join the real greats with his goal-scoring,” he added.
“If he keeps playing like he did he will get there. He was very, very good.
“He looks like he is moving as well as he has done. He is in a good place himself at the moment and obviously any centre-forward who is scoring goals feels good about himself.”
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