Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush has been speaking about the club's upcoming match against Manchester City.
On Sunday afternoon, Liverpool will take to the field for an emotional and significant match against Manchester City.
As the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster is marked up and down the country, Liverpool fans will know that their own tribute could ultimately be winning their first ever Premier League title, with victory over Manchester City a huge step towards such a thing.
And while Brendan Rodgers’ more experienced players will be relied upon to keep calm heads and steady feet as they strive for a victory that would take them closer than ever to the trophy, there will also be a number of young players on display, players who will have never before experienced what is set to occur at Anfield this weekend.
And yet former Red Ian Rush believes those players could soon be enjoying matches like the one against City on a regular basis – matches that determine far more than the location of the next three points; matches that define seasons and in some cases careers.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Rush said, “The players will have to hold their nerve, but those like Stevie (Gerrard) and Luis (Suarez) will help do that, whilst the younger lads like Flanagan and Sterling will experience something new and in years to come hopefully come to expect it in every game.”
That is the thing about Rodgers’ job at Anfield. He has not bought a side for immediate success the way some clubs are able to. He has built a squad who have grown and will continue to grow together. He has experienced players, those on the cusp of greatness, and plenty of the next generation in whom he is not afraid to put his trust.
It is players like Flanagan and Sterling who will form the bedrock of Liverpool’s side for the next decade. And for that reason alone, one senses they will deal with Sunday’s match as they have every other this season – with complete professionalism.