Rush said he would have loved to have benefited from the through balls from the current Liverpool captain.
He said: ‘I’d like to say Luis Suarez, but I’d have to say Stevie G. His through balls would be perfect for me.’
Ian Rush: I’d like to say Luis Suarez, but I’d have to say Stevie G. His through balls would be perfect for me! #CarlsbergTalk— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 20, 2014
The former Wales international did admit that if he had to play alongside one of the strikers in today’s game it would be Liverpool’s number seven, saying his movement and unpredictability reminds him of his old strike partner Kenny Dalglish.
Rush had two spells at Liverpool, with a season at Juventus sandwiched in between but his strike partnership with Dalglish is remembered as possibly the most lethal, and when asked if the current partnership of Suarez and Daniel Sturridge could emulate or surpass that which Rush built up with Dalglish, he said: ‘It takes years of practice – it can’t be done in one season. But if they carry on like this there’s a possibility.’
Suarez and Sturridge have been responsible for 39 of Liverpool’s goals in the league so far this season. Rush and Dalglish were paired together for much of the 1980s until Rush departed to Juventus for one season in 1987, and with Dalglish taking more of a back seat in terms of playing time when he became manager in 1986.
Rush also explained there was a bit of extra motivation for him when he played against Everton, saying: ‘When I played for Chester, the manager of Everton watched me and he did not think I was good enough.
‘Three months later, Bob Paisley signed me for #LFC and the rest is history.’
Ian Rush: Definitely. When I played for Chester, the manager of Everton watched me and he did not think I was good enough. #CarlsbergTalk— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 20, 2014
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