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Past Players: Volume 2 - Ian Rush

Ian Rush, a name when uttered instantly guides you to the title of "Kop Hero". A fan favourite, a genuine bloke and a phenomenal goalscorer.

The Basics

Full Name: Ian James Rush
Nickname: Rushie (or Rushy)
D.O.B: 20th October 1961
Birthplace:St.Asaph, Wales
Height: 5'11
Position: Forward

Early Days

Ian Rush made his footballing career debut in 1979 when he left his high school in the Welsh town of St.Asaph for Chester City. He made his debut against Sheffield Wednesday and actually started in midfield. Rush however made it clear that he could be a very useful forward after scoring 14 goals in 34 games for Chester, not a bad start for the young Welsh lad.

Bob Paisley was the man with the plan and it was none other than himself who paid a record fee at the time of £300,000 for the 18 year old Ian Rush. Still to this day the amount paid is a record for Chester City. Despite the fact that Manchester City and Rush's boyhood team of Everton had shown interest, it was Liverpool Footb…

Is This The Turning Point Of Our Season Already?

Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield on Sunday and after a bad run of results the home side are hard under fire from the media, pundits and even fans. Not only are we struggling with injuries but after failing to succeed against the likes of Sunderland and not managing to hold on to a point against Lyon the chance of coming away from this fixture victorious are looking nothing but slim.

So what stats have i digged up this week?

In the last 14 matches between the two clubs Liverpool have won three, there has been only one draw and United have won of 10 occasions.
There has been a total of 31 goals scored within these 14 matches an average of just over 2 goals per game.
6 players have been sent off in the head to heads since 2002.
Liverpool's worst defeat was a 4-0 loss in 2003 at Old Trafford.
Liverpool's best victory was the Gerrard kisses the camera moment from last season after we beat the home side 4-1.
Liverpool have conceded on 12 occasions out of the 14 matches.
One th…

Liverpool Suffer Champions League Knock

So,we're down but we are definitely not out. We all expected the trip to Italy to be a tough tie but i don't think many were expecting the lashing Liverpool appeared to get tonight. The viola's star player who i read about this morning in several articles was definitely portrayed correctly as "a threat".

Benitez fielded a side with one swap, the injured Mascherano out for Aurelio who would be sitting on the left wing for the start of this Champions League match. A rocky start to say the least after a rather slow opening to the game but it began to become a bit more lively for Fiorentina who had started the match in exactly the right mind-set by the looks of things.

Dirk Kuyt and Glen Johnson appeared to be the only means of attack running up to the 20minutes mark after several pushes forward were confidently stopped by the experienced back four of Fiorentina. As for the Italians the young Jovetic was already causing our defence some havoc, with his skill and speed …

Fiorentina Preview

Fiorentina tomorrow in the Champions League and for me this is an interesting fixture. Fiorentina in my opinion are the hardest opposition in the group although alot of people seem to differ from my opinion and feel as though Lyon will be more of a threat, either way, this one isn't going to be a walk in the park.
Fiorentina's last 6 matches has seen them win four, draw 1 and lose 1. Fiorentina have not won a home game in the Champions League since March 2000. Hold your horses! This fact is true but when you consider the sides absence from the competition you realise this is not a real reflection of things to come.
A somewhat worrying stat i dug out this morning is that if you look at Fiorentina'sUEFA Cup (now Europa League) stats they have never lost at home to English opposition. A very strong side at home it seems so can we break them down?
So what do we have to back up our chances? Well our last 4 visits to Italian opposition in general have seen us not concede a single g…

Liverpool V Leeds Match Preview

So Liverpool's Carling Cup campaign gets underway tomorrow with a trip to Yorkshire. The last time the two teams met was in 2004 a game which ended in a stalemate (2-2). Leeds are currently going well in League One, with their main goalscoring threat a certain Jermaine Beckford, widely praised in the footballing world at the moment.

Word about town today is that Rafa will be resting Gerrard & Torres. Not surprising though, i also would take a punt that Reina will take the day off too as Cavalieri featured alot in last season's league cup campaign. It will be interesting to see if Jay Spearing is given the opportunity to shine, if there's going to be a chance to do so this is it i would imagine.

Leeds last win against Liverpool at Elland Road was in 2000 when they beat the Red's 4-3, Viduka scoring the quartet of goals.

Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 6 games with Leeds United.

The last time the two teams met in the League Cup was in 1972.

Leeds have one of the best …

Liverpool V West Ham - Time For Those Football Stats

So today is destination West Ham folks, the trip down South to Upton Park. Usually a fine place for success but lets just have a look back at some of the previous clashes with the Hammers in years gone by.

Last time out was May 2009 with the reds scoring 3 goals, 2 of which came from Steven Gerrard. West Ham unable to get on the score sheet this time around.

January 2008 was not such a good result, losing 1-0 to West Ham on the day albeit to an injury time penalty.

In 2007 the scoreline at Upton park read 2-1, Peter Crouch securing the win that time.

April 2006 was much of the same with the lads again beating West Ham 2-1.

And in February 2003 Liverpool again winning 3-0 at Upton Park, with a certain Norwegian setting up two fantastic goals.
Not a bad run when you look at it, the Red's achieving those goals and those crucial points on the majority of occasions. Now we know how we've fared it's time for some of those little facts you may have forgot, or just didn't know: