Liverpool - Top 30 players - Number 5

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Liverpool's record goalscorer makes it onto our list.

Liverpool's club record goalscorer would actually take a little while to get going, but Ian Rush became the most prolific marksman in the history of the club.

Rush was signed from Chester for £300,000 in 1980 and made his debut replacing the man who he would form a formidable striker partnership with in Kenny Dalglish - who missed a 1-1 draw against Ipswich Town in December 1980. Rush's next appearance would come in the replay of the League Cup final in 1981, when Liverpool beat West Ham 2-1. It was a season where Rush's chances were limited. 

The following season, however, Anfield would start to see how good a player Rush would become. He had demanded more first team opportunities under Bob Paisley and started finding the net in the reserves regularly. Paisley's threat of putting him up for transfer - something which the then Reds' boss never intended to do - sparked Rush into life. 

From then on he would be the man who would lead the Liverpool attack and who was feared by opposition defences. Remarkably, a record for when Rush scored in the game, Liverpool would never lose a match - which spanned 145 games until the 1987 League Cup final when Arsenal came from behind to beat the Reds 2-1 at Wembley.

That summer he was sold to Juventus for £3.2 million, a season after the deal was agreed. During his first spell with the Reds he would have a trophy haul of five League titles, four League Cups, one FA Cup and one European Cup.

Rush spent just the one season in Serie A - scoring 14 goals - before returning to Liverpool for £2.7 million the following summer but it wasn't until the second half of the season that he would rediscover his best form. His most notable contribution in the 1988/89 season was from the bench in the FA Cup final where he scored twice against Everton, in what was an emotional cup triumph. 

Another league title would follow in 1990 but Rush was struck down by injury a year later, although he managed to get himself fit for the side's FA Cup final in 1992, where he'd score one of the goals in a 2-0 win over Sunderland. Just three months later, he would score in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford which made him the club's all-time leading goalscorer, eclipsing Roger Hunt, with 287 goals but he wasn't finished there.

A season later he was given the captain's armband and would link up with Robbie Fowler up front to form another strike partnership. In 1995, Rush would get the chance to lift a trophy of his own as the Reds beat Bolton 2-1 at Wembley, Rush's fifth League Cup triumph. A year later, he would bid farewell after making 660 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 346 goals, winning a total of five League Titles, five League Cups, three FA Cups and one European Cup.

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