Marcus Rashford displayed the kind of leadership that the UK government is struggling to provide for free school meals through his “absolutely incredible” initiative and Jürgen Klopp praised his work.
The manager of Liverpool joked that speaking too highly of the 22-year-old England striker was “tricky” because he plays for arch-rivals Manchester United.
Earning an MBE for his work earlier this month, Rashford has been carrying out a high-profile campaign to ensure that the country’s poorest children do not go hungry outside of term time.
The government voted against a Labor motion to expand the scheme earlier this week, leaving Rashford, supported by several celebrities and politicians, to promise to continue the fight.
According to The Guardian, Klopp said: “I am not sure I can find any better words than much smarter people have said but what Marcus has started there is absolutely incredible, it is so nice. And with all the rivalry between the clubs, in these moments we are as footballers and as human beings always united.”
“It’s just nice to show in a time when obviously a lot of people who are really in charge of something and don’t show any sign of proper leadership, that a boy grew up in difficult circumstances and blessed with sensational talent, obviously, never forgot his roots and where he is coming from, that he has to do it.”
“It is a bit of a shame that he has to do it but it is wonderful as well. 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!”
“That just shows that football can be really wondrous in moments and it shows that the subject is really really serious and 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. Now he is a role model for that and it is truly great and it won’t distract him from his football things.”