33 Facts About Ian Rush

1. Ian Rush was a star for his country, making his debut on the 21st of May, 1980.

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2. Ian Rush signed for Leeds on a free transfer in the Summer of 1996.

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3. In 1996, Ian Rush scored against Rochdale in the third round of the FA Cup at Anfield.

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4. Ian Rush played his 600th game for Liverpool against Blackburn in the 5th round of the League Cup and celebrated by scoring his thirteenth hattrick for the club.

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5. Ian Rush made his return to Anfield on the 18th of August, 1988, when Liverpool signed him for £2.7 million, a record-signing for an English club at the time.

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6. Ian Rush was staying at Anfield and going nowhere for the immediate future.

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7. Ian Rush signed for Liverpool FC in a £300,000 deal during April of 1980, which was a world-record fee at the time.

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8. Ian Rush was created on Oct 20, 1961 in Flint, Wales.

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9. Ian Rush was doing analysis for beIN Sports on Thursday night and was fortunate enough to witness a Declan Rice masterclass.

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10. Ian Rush feels that Rice is on a similar path to Man City defender John Stones who made a £50m move to the Etihad in 2016 after breaking into the Everton team as a teenager.

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11. Ian Rush was one of the pundits in first season of Indian Super League.

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12. Ian Rush released his autobiography on 21 August 2008, Rush: The Autobiography, through Ebury Press.

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13. Ian Rush can still be seen wearing the red of Liverpool as he regularly appears for the Masters five-a-side team and as one of Liverpool's 'old boys' on public relations tours for the club.

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14. Ian Rush was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006 due to his achievements in the game.

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15. Ian Rush appears as a pundit and reporter for Sky Sports and Sky Sports News.

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16. Ian Rush seemed to be answering his critics, including former Liverpool teammate Mark Lawrenson, who doubted whether his tactical and coaching abilities could match his striking history.

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17. Ian Rush scored in a friendly against Italy in Brescia on 4 June 1988, the only goal in a shock win.

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18. Ian Rush made a brief playing comeback with Sydney Olympic in Australia, scoring one goal in three games, before finally retiring, aged 38, in 2000.

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19. Ian Rush scored one other goal for Newcastle in a League Cup tie with Hull City.

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20. Ian Rush said farewell to Anfield on 20 May 1996 when he agreed to sign for Leeds United.

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21. In late February 1996, it was announced that Ian Rush would be leaving Anfield on a free transfer when his contract expired on 1 June.

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22. Ian Rush was replaced by Graeme Souness but the change of manager was not enough to prevent the league title from slipping away from Anfield.

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23. Ian Rush was injured during the first half of the game and had to be replaced by Peter Beardsley.

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24. Ian Rush featured in the 1989 League title decider against Arsenal at Anfield.

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25. Ian Rush came off the bench to replace Aldridge, who had opened the scoring for Liverpool in the fourth minute of the game.

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26. Ian Rush published a diary of his frustrating time in Italy titled My Italian Diary, 1989.

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27. Ian Rush added the Man of the Match award to his winner's medal.

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28. Ian Rush added the Football Writers Footballer of the Year to the PFA award he had already claimed—the same feat that his strike partner Kenny Dalglish had achieved a year earlier.

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29. Ian Rush was voted PFA Player of the Year and BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year in 1984 as Liverpool retained both the League and the League Cup and won the European Cup to complete a unique treble that season.

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30. Ian Rush scored a goal to help Liverpool win the 1982 Football League Cup Final against Tottenham Hotspur.

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31. Ian Rush was standing in for his future strike-partner, Kenny Dalglish, and wore his No 7 shirt.

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32. Ian Rush had actually made his international debut, in May 1980, just before he officially became a Liverpool player.

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33. Ian Rush was managed throughout his time at Chester by Alan Oakes, although much of the credit for his development is given to youth manager Cliff Sear.

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