Jurgen Klopp has hailed what Marcus Rashford is doing to tackle child poverty and said the importance of his tireless work transcends the traditional rivalry between his side Liverpool and Manchester United.

Rashford forced the government into a U-turn in July when he won his battle to ensure free meals during the summer holidays. He last week proposed extending the campaign for families receiving financial assistance from the UK government into the Christmas holidays.

The Labour Party had urged Conservative MPs to back the proposals, which could see an additional 1.5 million children aged between seven and 16 years old receive extra support out of term time.