Wayne Rooney has grown up with instilled dislike for Liverpool given that he supported Everton as a boy and has played for Manchester United for the past 13 years, but he put the rivalry aside when he voted in FIFA’s Best Football awards.
The United and England captain put Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in third place when he selected his top trio for Best Men’s Coach of the Year.
After taking over the Merseyside outfit in October 2015, Klopp guided the Reds to two cup finals – the League Cup and the Europa League.
The team ended up losing both, but Rooney still deemed the former Borussia Dortmund boss worthy of his vote.
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, who ended up winning the gong during Monday’s ceremony in Zurich, took first spot in Rooney’s list due to the Foxes’ historic title win.
Chris Coleman was the second best coach of 2016 for the United forward after he guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euros, where they were beaten by eventual champions Portugal.
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) January 9, 2017