There’s not many more legendary figures at Liverpool than Ian Rush and the club’s all-time record goalscorer this week spoke to 888 Sport and gave his thoughts on the Raheem Sterling saga, Mario Balotteli, the signing of Christian Benteke, the role of Phillipe Coutinho in the side and what he expects to occur in the last few days of the transfer window.
Rush on Sterling
“As a Liverpool man I didn’t want to see him go but he’s made his decision and I wish him good luck but it was all done in the wrong way.
“He’s only 20 and you don’t get to your peak until you’re 24 or 25. There is a lot more pressure on Raheem now to do well because they’ve paid that much money. I’d have loved him to stay for another year, to develop because he’s not the finished article. His left foot is a bit weak and he’s still got a lot to learn but he has the potential to be anything and I loved watching him.”
Rush on Balotelli
“Look Balotelli is a great player but when you’re playing for Liverpool you have to put a shift in. It’s not just about the individual; you have to put a shift in for the team.
“Brendan has looked at it and thought he needs everyone pulling together. He has to learn that if he wants to continue playing for Liverpool the team comes first.”
Rush on Benteke
“It’s very early doors but I was very excited when we signed him. When you have Sturridge coming back from injury and you have the option of Danny Ings - who has done well - I feel there is something there.
“Benteke could be the difference between sixth and fourth and top four is a realistic target we have to be aiming at.”
Rush on Coutinho
“Coutinho is a quality player who has come back in form but you can’t build a team around one individual because if he gets injured you then don’t have a plan a, b, or c. And we have that.
“I think Benteke coming in has helped Coutinho a lot. He holds the ball up and Coutinho gets into those little pockets and when he gets into those he is very dangerous and can run at you.”
Rush on the transfer window
“I’m not sure if they need anyone else as there is a decent squad there. The owners have given the manager the money to spend and he’s gone out and done it.
“When you look at the bench now with Ings and Firmino there is a lot of quality there now who can change the game if need be. I don’t think there will be any more signings although maybe one or two going out.”