Ian Rush urges LFC to win the Premier League to become legends
- The Anfield legend states Klopp must deliver after adding a bunch of great expensive players to his squad and finally win a title
- Ian reckons that the Prem silverware is much more desired by fans than the Champions League trophy as almost 30 years have passed since the last time it was clinched
“The current squad has to realise that, if they do win the league, they will become legends. And the manager will be like a god. It’s been such a long time since the last title. I was part of that side under Kenny, which won the championship back in 1990.
“If someone had said it would be another 30 years or so before Liverpool won it again, you wouldn’t have believed them. You would have thought they were joking. That title in 1990 was the club’s 18th. At the time, Manchester United had won it seven times, but since then they have overtaken us and have 20, which, for any Liverpool fan, is hard to take. But that is the stark reality of it.
“Everyone loves Jurgen Klopp. He has been a breath of fresh air. He is charismatic, but, of course, he has to win things. Everybody is behind him, but now is the time where he has to deliver,” added Rush.
“For a few weeks, we had the most expensive goalkeeper in the world. We also brought in a central defender (Virgil van Dijk) for a world-record fee and, when you do that, you have to look at winning major trophies.
“And they don’t come much bigger than the Premier League title, especially when you analyse Liverpool’s proud history. Reaching the Champions League Final last season was unexpected, but it has served to set the standards for the current team.
“The challenge is to meet those standards – or even better them. Ask most Liverpool fans now what they most want to win and I believe it would be the Premier League, ahead of the Champions League. Liverpool have a good record in the Champions League but the older generation especially would sacrifice that to finish top of the League next May.”