Jordan Henderson has expressed his deep admiration for Marcus Rashford as he prepares to put it aside when Liverpool face Manchester United this afternoon.
In response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the community, United striker Rashford has spoken out loudly against food poverty and used his platform to raise awareness and influence policy making. </ His efforts have been watched with "total" respect by Henderson, his Reds teammates and supporters, with club loyalty being no obstacle to declaring pride in Rashford.
Those feelings are suspended for 90 minutes today in Anfield, as Liverpool and United shut their horns in a first-rate showdown in the Premier League.
« For once, I have to put rivalries aside to pay tribute to one of United’s players and I have no doubt our fans will me without Question because it’s Marcus Rashford, « Henderson writes on his game day program notes.
» What Marcus has done in the past 12 months is incredible . He has fought food poverty, given children a voice that otherwise no one would have, and used his own reputation for the benefit of others. Any praise he has been given and any award he has won as a result is not only deserved, it probably does not do him justice.
« Andy Robertson made a rare good point when he said Marcus would be the first United player to receive a standing ovation from the Anfield crowd. This can’t happen for obvious reasons, but I hope Marcus knows that everyone at Liverpool Football Club has full respect for him.
“It’s not always fair that footballers are responsible for setting an example to the rest of the world Providing company – we’re just young guys lucky enough to work in sports when it comes down to it – but there is no question that Marcus is an example of everyone.
« I consider myself lucky to have him as a team-mate with England but it doesn’t count for anything today and if I knew Marcus he wouldn’t have it any other way. » This is a day of rivalry and it is a day for those of us at Liverpool Red to give all we have to because that is what this game demands.
« After all, today will be the first time since the death of Gerry Marsden at Anfield that you will never go alone. » You don’t have to be a Liverpool fan to know how special this song is to anyone associated with our club and it doesn’t matter how often I listen to it, it will always give me goosebumps. «