My first real hero as a Liverpool supporter – I remember watching Ian Rush from the Kop as a youngster as he’d score goal after goal and thinking how lucky we were as a club to have one of the best goalscorers in the world.
346 goals in 660 games for Liverpool Football Club sets him apart by some distance as the greatest goalscorer we ever had.
“Rushy” joined us as a young lad from Chester City where he’d impressed in 1980, actually making his international debut before he signed for LFC! He played for the reserves for the first year before making his debut the following year and then started his amazing scoring run.
With Kenny Dalglish as his strike partner (never a bad thing) Rushy scored 30 times in just 49 games and never looked back. Indeed his goals helped the Anfield club climb from 10th on January 1st 1982 to title winners by the end of the season.
The trophies stacked up over the coming seasons, with league titles following three more times along with four League Cups, and FA Cup, and of course two European Cups. And who can forget his winning goals to secure the double for the Reds in 1986 at Wembley to beat Everton (to both competitions).
Ian decided to chance his arm abroad in Italy in 1987 with Juventus but, with the pull of Anfield too much to bear, he came home the following season to add more cups to his collection including the league title in 1989-90.
I guess I could go on to list all of the medals he’s won whilst playing for the Reds and the records he’s broken, but I guess Wikipedia is there for that. My main memory of him is his running off the ball, his almost telepathic partnership with Kenny and, later in his career with Liverpool, the danger he showed in converting chances and the panic in the opposition’s eyes when they realised he was bearing down on goal.
What was your favourite memory?