Classic transfer: Liverpool sign best young goal scorer in the country

first_img Ian Rush scored 346 goals in 660 games for Liverpool 1 Nobody is more aware of Liverpool’s need for a striker than manager Brendan Rodgers.The Reds’ lack of a goal scorer was highlighted further on Friday, with it being exactly 35 years ago – 1 May, 1980 – since the club signed Ian Rush from Chester.His £300,000 transfer fee was a British record for a teenager, but if the player had gotten his way, the club would have missed out on one of football’s greatest strikers.Not long after joining Bob Paisley’s team he wanted out, feeling he was not being given a chance to prove himself, but the manager had no intention of letting him go.It took Rush nine games to finally score for Liverpool and he soon establish his importance, helping the club to dominate at home and in Europe during the 1980s.In addition to his well stocked trophy cabinet, the result of five league titles, three FA Cups, five League Cups and two European Cups, Rush had to make room for a string of personal awards, too.Three years after his move, he was the PFA Young Player of the Year and Player of the Year in 1984, while his goals saw him win countless top scorer awards – in total he scored 346 in 660 games for Liverpool in two spells for the club.It’s not going to be easy for Rodgers to find someone as prolific as Rush, but players like Danny Ings and Christian Benteke are a start. Anything is better than Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini, right?last_img

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