Rooney warns Liverpool who he believes will be ‘the difference’ in title race

Liverpool have been advised that Manchester City’s marquee summer signing Erling Haaland will ‘prove the difference’ in the Premier League title race.

Following City‘s 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the Community Shield last week, the youngster’s abilities were questioned after he missed two perfect chances to score.

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Rooney had some words of warning for the Reds

And gave his assessment of City’s star striker Erling Haaland

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And gave his assessment of City’s star striker Erling Haaland

But, despite the speculation from fans and even the likes of former City star Sergio Aguero, Manchester United cult hero turned DC United manager Wayne Rooney has stated he thinks Haaland will be a perfect fit at the Etihad.

“His misses were played over and over on social media and there were headlines about his “false start”. I saw the game differently,” Rooney wrote in The Times.

“I saw City’s big signing confirm why he is going to get a lot of goals in England and will, in my opinion, prove the difference in the title race.”

The 22-year-old often found it difficult to link up well with his fellow City teammates in the Community Shield, with Guardiola’s players clearly still adapting to life with an out-and-out striker again.

But for Rooney, he saw Haaland’s talent shine through, despite finding it hard to click with his new team in the tie.


Rooney believes Haaland will be able to deal with the pressure of moving to the Premier League

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Rooney believes Haaland will be able to deal with the pressure of moving to the Premier League

He added: “In the Champions League and the Bundesliga Haaland has already proven his qualities at the highest level and last Saturday against Liverpool he was in the right positions, finding chances, moving cleverly and looking quick, strong, and aggressive in his running.

“Maybe the main way City, under Pep Guardiola, score is though low balls played across the penalty box.

“Haaland scored in exactly that manner on his City debut in a friendly with Bayern Munich and against Liverpool the two big opportunities he passed up were in central positions six yards out that he had moved into during attacks where City switched play wide.

“If he keeps doing that, goal after goal will come — because his finishing ability is not in doubt.”

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Rooney believes Haaland will help City dominate Liverpool again this season

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Rooney believes Haaland will help City dominate Liverpool again this season

Pep Guardiola’s side had no trouble with winning the Premier League last term without a senior centre-forward.

And Rooney has warned City’s title rivals, Liverpool – who just missed out on beating Pep Guardiola’s side to it on the final day – that the Norwegian will be the difference in the race for the title this season.

After stating he believes Haaland can win this season’s Golden Boot and score a goal per game, he continued: “He is a major reason why I see City retaining the title.

“Liverpool are an incredible team and can beat anyone on their day but I just think, across the pitch, City have better players and that they’re a better side.

“Having that real goalscorer at No.9 gives City an extra fear factor and makes them a threat from almost anywhere.”

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