Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Wayne Rooney should be cut some slack and that nobody will remember his faux pas in a couple of weeks.
The Manchester United and England man was picture bleary eyed after reportedly drinking at a private party at the team hotel following England’s victory over Scotland on Friday, while other players were out in London.
England boss Gareth Southgate insisted Rooney missed England’s 2-2 draw with Spain on Tuesday with a knee injury – despite The Sun’s claims to the contrary.
And Klopp was asked for his view at his press conference on Thursday.
“He’s apologised for having a glass of whatever? I really feel for the players. There’s a human being behind the kid,” said Klopp.
“This generation is the most professional generation of footballers we have ever had.
“The legends drank like devils and were still good players. I’m pretty sure what Wayne did wasn’t so serious.
“That’s the life we live, under a magnifying glass and in one or two weeks no one will remember this.”
The United skipper was expected to make his return to the United attack against Arsenal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended after he collected a fifth yellow card of the season against Swansea last time out.
However, the Daily Mirror claims Marcus Rashford is Mourinho’s preferred option to play up front against Arsenal in Saturday lunchtime’s clash, leaving Rooney kicking his heels on the bench once again.