Liverpool fans right to be excited, says Rush

Club’s record goalscorer says coach will have to keep players’ feet on ground


Afp January 24, 2019
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LONDON: Liverpool's record goalscorer Ian Rush is not concerned by the lack of title-winning experience in Jurgen Klopp's side as they seek to fend off Manchester City and end a 29-year drought.

The Reds, who have not been English champions since 1990, lead the Premier League by four points from Pep Guardiola's side, the vast majority of whom were integral to last season's record-breaking title triumph.

By contrast, Liverpool have just James Milner, part of City's successes in 2011/12 and 2013/14, as their only Premier League winner.

But Rush does not believe a lack of experience will be pivotal in this season's title race.

"How do you get the experience if you haven't won the title since 1990?" the 57-year-old former striker, who scored in the 2-1 win over QPR that secured Liverpool's 18th and last top-flight title, told Britain's Press Association. "A lot comes from how the manager and coaches keep the players' feet on the ground. I think supporters are quite right to be excited as they are in a position they haven't been for a long time but players have to take each game as it comes."

Rush believes there are a number of factors that can help end the long wait.

Defensively they are stronger than they have been for years while Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane continue to score regularly.

Salah is unlikely to match his impressive tally of 32 league goals from last season but Rush, scorer of 346 for Liverpool, believes he has improved.

"Last season, for me, he was the best player in the world — and that's a big statement. He may not score as many goals — it was always going to be more difficult this year — but seems to be a better player and that is why he is the league's top scorer," Rush added.

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