Liverpool legend Ian Rush: Reds can finish in top six

The Kop idol assesses where the season is headed for the Anfield club and what needs to be done for them to finish amongst the frontrunners in the league
By Charles Ong

Fondly remembered for being the club’s all-time record goal-scorer with 346 goals in 660 games, former Liverpool striker Ian Rush was present at Bishan Stadium on Friday afternoon to give out certificates of completion for participants of the Liverpool Football Club [LFC] International Academy.

This was a tie-up between sponsorship partner Courts Singapore and LFC, as part of on-going efforts by Courts to ignite a passion for football amongst youth in Singapore. Singapore sat down with Rush himself for an exclusive interview, where he spoke candidly about Liverpool’s prospects for the 2012-13 season under current boss Brendan Rodgers.

“I’d like to think we can finish in the top six,” he said.

“I think that is what they have got to do, and I think looking at the top six and the present form they are in, I still feel they can do it.

“They are not playing badly; they are playing well and have just been very, very unlucky and can’t finish teams off.”

The Welshman also gave his assessment on Liverpool’s last league game against Tottenham, in which he believed the Reds were hard done by and did not get the result they deserved.  

“Even against Tottenham, the first 15 minutes they went 2-0 up and after that Liverpool deserved a draw but didn’t get it,” he lamented.

He then went on to bemoan the inevitable consequences of Liverpool’s inability to finish teams off.

“Nowadays, they are playing good football but not scoring goals and killing teams off,” he pointed out.

“That’s what they’ve got to do because if you don’t do that, the opposition will go down and score.”

Like many other Liverpool fans, Rush spoke of the critical importance of beating lesser sides and winning home games in order to achieve a top-six finish.

Citing Aston Villa, Wigan and Southampton as examples of such teams, Rush stressed: “It’s different away from home but at Anfield, we’ve got to win those games.”