Klopp joked it was ‘tricky’ to speak so highly of the 22-year-old England striker because he plays for arch-rivals Manchester United and described his work as ‘absolutely incredible.’
Rashford has been waging a high-profile campaign to ensure the poorest children in the country do not go hungry outside of term time, being awarded an MBE earlier this month for his work.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed the inspirational work of Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford
The United striker has been fighting for an extension of free school meals for children in the UK
Rashford’s social media blew up on Friday as he re-tweeted businesses offering their help
Offers have been flooding in from locations such as Wigan and Brighton to help the campaign
‘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,’ said Klopp.
‘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 grown 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.’
The campaign has been completely championed by Manchester United striker Rashford
Earlier this week the government voted against a Labour motion to extend the scheme, leaving Rashford to pledge to continue the fight backed by many celebrities and politicians.
‘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,’ Klopp added.
‘And he plays for United which makes it really tricky! I’ve heard about Liverpool and Manchester United (rivalry) years and years ago.
Rashford and his mother visited a food charity after MPs voted down his plan to provide free school meals
The Manchester United striker tweeted his thanks to his 3.6million Twitter followers on Friday
‘But yes 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.’
This week the footballer blasted MPs for rejecting plans to extend free school meals during the Easter holidays, claiming that children ‘will go to bed feeling hungry and worthless’