Hundreds of Liverpool fans turn up for meet-and-greet with Ian Rush

The legendary striker made an appearance at Courts’ Megastore to sign autographs and take photos with star-struck local Liverpool supporters.
By Charles Ong

Courts Singapore officially re-launched its Megastore at Tampines to much fanfare on Saturday, with the ultimate highlight of the unveiling being Singapore’s first-ever marathon sale, which started from 10 a.m. on the morning itself and concluded at 10 p.m. the following day.

Local celebrities such as Gurmit Singh and Sharon Au graced the event, but the stars of the day were Liverpool’s current club ambassador Ian Rush and K-pop princess G.NA.

Despite the discounts and rock-bottom prices on household appliances and technological devices, legions of Liverpool fans turned up with one sole intention – to meet their idol, who plundered 346 goals in 660 appearances for the Reds during his two stints at the club.

Rush, 51, started the day by attending the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. before going online at 11:30 a.m. for a live chat with fans on Courts’ Facebook page.

When questioned by Liverpool fan Henry Han over the possibility of a future managerial role at Liverpool, Rush claimed he was not thinking about it.

“Not any more, as I am enjoying my role as club ambassador, especially the travelling!” the Welshman replied.

Another fan, Brandon Lee, chose to ask for tips about handling a one-on-one situation with a goalkeeper.

Ever willing to share his goal-scoring exploits, Rush said: “Be confident and always wait until the last second, and for the goalkeeper to make the first move. That should [help you] make up your mind on what to do."

Following that, Rush, together with Courts CEO Terry O’Connor and local radio broadcasters Raj Kumar and Patwant Singh, engaged in a round-table discussion for radio station 938Live, as they discussed various issues, including the partnership between Courts and Liverpool and the Reds’ current form. 

At 12:30pm, the Anfield legend made an hour-long appearance at an autograph session to bring early Christmas festive cheer to Liverpool fans. A few hundred fans were gathered before the session commenced, and they broke into the popular chant “Fields of Anfield Road” as they waited for their idol.

“It was a tremendous honour to shake the hand of the man I grew up idolising. He and [John] Barnes were the reasons I followed Liverpool [and] I got him to sign a jersey," Irwan Cornelius, a supporter of the club since 1987, said.

"I already had [Robbie] Fowler’s signature on it and now Rush’s [as well] - rerfect! Two of Liverpool’s deadliest strikers on one shirt!”