SPORTS| Klopp: Leave Rooney alone – we drank like devils and smoked like crazy!

Editorial use only. No merchandising. For Football images FA and Premier League restrictions apply inc. no internet/mobile usage without FAPL license - for details contact Football Dataco Mandatory Credit: Photo by Michael Zemanek/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (5505365bc) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool played at Boleyn Ground on 2nd January 2016 in London Barclays Premier League 2015/16 West Ham United v Liverpool Upton Park, Green St, Upton Park, London, United Kingdom - 2 Jan 2016

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended Wayne Rooney after he was forced to apologise for photographs purportedly showing him heavily intoxicated while on England duty, stressing players of past years used to “drink like devils and smoke like crazy”.

The 31-year-old issued a statement on Wednesday to apologise for the “inappropriate” pictures, but Klopp was quick to downplay the significance of what happened as he feels worse things took place with previous generations.

“He has apologised for having a glass of whatever? I really feel for the players,” he told reporters on Thursday. “There is a human being behind the kid.”

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