Ian Rush believes Liverpool will not suffer in title race due to inexperience.
“How do you get the experience if you haven’t won the title since 1990?” Rush said. “It’s that long ago I actually played the last time Liverpool won the league, which shows how long it’s been. A lot comes from how the manager and coaches keep the players’ feet on the ground. I think supporters are quite right to be excited as they are in a position they haven’t been for a long time but players have to take each game as it comes. Beating Brighton was fantastic as it wasn’t a great game, against Crystal Palace they came back from being behind so I think everything is in a good position for Liverpool.”
“It is no good scoring three goals if you let in four,” added Rush. “I think they have tightened it up at the back. (Virgil) Van Dijk organises the defence and says ‘Leave those three (Salah, Firmino, Mane) up front to do what they want’. That’s what they used to do with myself and Kenny (Dalglish). We could do what we wanted while the rest organised. And with that front three scoring goals, that puts you into a title-winning position.”
“Last season, for me, he was the best player in the world – and that’s a big statement,” he said. “It was just unfortunate we didn’t win a trophy. If we had won a trophy I think he would have been player of the year worldwide. This year has been a bit different because teams are sussing him out and putting two players on him but I think he has overcome that now. He may not score as many goals – it was always going to be more difficult this year – but seems to be a better player and that is why he is the league’s top scorer.”