Sunday 16 June 2019

Rush would welcome Salah breaking his record

Ian Rush. Photo: PA
Ian Rush. Photo: PA newsdesk

Ian Rush says he will be happy if Mo Salah breaks his Liverpool record for goals in one season if he does it in the Champions League final.

The Egyptian has struck 41 goals for Liverpool in an extraordinary campaign and that has moved him within touching distance of Rush's 47-goal haul in the 1983/84 season.

Ironically enough, the season finished with a European Cup win over Roma. Salah and his team-mates face into a two-legged tie with the Italian club to reach this year's decider and Rush would be content enough if his record went in a game of that profile.

"I think there's a genuine chance he can beat it," he said. "Hopefully it's six games (left in season). If they do get to the final and he breaks it in the final, I'll be happy. I'll settle for that.

Rush was speaking in Dublin at the official announcement of the August 4 friendly between Liverpool and Napoli at the Aviva Stadium.

That will help to kick off Salah's second season with the club. Rush believes that the newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year's maiden year can be ranked above the initial impact made by Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez.

"There's only two people that I've seen in their first season that were really, really good - Torres in his first season and Suarez in his first season, they were absolutely incredible. I'd go as far as saying that Salah is having a better season in his first season than those two. That takes some saying.

"When I scored my goals, I went out knowing I was going to score. And I'm pretty certain he's doing the same."

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