Chasing ‘Rushie’: The men following in Anfield legend Ian Rush’s goalscoring footsteps

Liverpool have had a long line of great goalscorers down the years, and none were better than Ian Rush.

The Welshman joined Liverpool from Chester City where he’d hit 14 goals from 34 league games and became an Anfield legend.

Rush’s 346 goals aren’t just an all-time goalscoring record – they’re a mark that in the modern-day era looks almost impossible to match.

Only four men have surpassed the 200-goal mark for the Reds in the club’s long and storied history. Roger Hunt, Gordon Hodgson, Billy Liddell and Rush each surpassed 200 goals for Liverpool, but only Rush went on to hit a triple century for the club.

His tally saw him average better than a goal every other game for the Reds across a decade and a half of football for the Anfield club.

It’s a goalscoring record that nobody in a Liverpool shirt has managed to match since, with only Premier League heroes Steven Gerrard (186) and Robbie Fowler (183) coming close to joining the exclusive ‘200 Club’ at Anfield.

But the current Liverpool squad boasts one of the most potent strikeforces in recent Liverpool history, as Jurgen Klopp’s men mount arguably their strongest ever challenge for a first Premier League title.

Not bad for a winger…

When winger Mo Salah joined from AS Roma, few could have expected the impact the little Egyptian would have had on Liverpool.

Used both as a wide man and as an out and out striker, Salah hit his sweet spot at Anfield, and as of January 10 had netted a staggering 45 times in 54 league appearances for the Reds.

Mohamed Salah

Salah scored an incredible 44 times in all competitions last season in a Liverpool shirt. Considering he had never netted more than 19 goals in a year for any of his previous clubs, that’s a remarkable total.

And Salah is showing no signs of being a one-season wonder. By the end of 2018 he’d hit 16 goals in 27 appearances and continues to be a serious threat. At the time of writing, he’s the 3/1 second-favourite in the Premier League betting to top the EPL goalscoring charts by the season’s end.

A double support act

While Salah has been the goalscoring focal point of Liverpool’s attack, his effectiveness has owed a lot to the presence of his two fellow forwards at Anfield.

Both Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have scored consistently for Liverpool as part of a three-pronged attack with Salah.

And while both men have had to play second-fiddle to the Egyptian superstar, their goals have proved crucial to Jurgen Klopp’s side as they’ve risen from title outsiders to bonafide title challengers.

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Both are priced at 150/1 to top the Premier League’s top goalscorer list this season, but with the pair playing more of a support role to Salah in Liverpool’s attack, they’re unlikely to attract a huge amount of backing – even from Liverpool-based punters.

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Tottenham’s Harry Kane may be more likely to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot this season, but with Salah, Firmino and Mane sharing the goals around for Liverpool, the Anfield club could be on the verge of an altogether more prestigious piece of silverware – the Premier League trophy.

The last time Liverpool won the league was back in 1989-90, when Rush led the line for the Reds.

And while the three men up front for Liverpool this season may not ever catch Rush’s incredible all-time goals record at Anfield, they may just deliver the title the club’s fans have craved for so long.

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