Ian Rush: Liverpool a force to be reckoned with

Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush says the Reds are a forced to be reckoned with this season

Ian Rush has warned Liverpool critics that the side are still a force to be reckoned with despite an underwhelming start to the Premier League season.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have recorded seven points from a possible nine so far this season, scoring just twice and conceding no goals in their first three fixtures against Stoke, Bournemouth and Arsenal.

But Rush insists that a home win over West Ham this weekend would confirm the Reds as one of the league’s early frontrunners, highlighting the importance of valuing points on the board over performances at these primary stages.

“The start of the season has been good. People say ‘they haven’t played well’, but it doesn’t matter, points are on the board,” Rush told Liverpool’s website.

“In the first game at Stoke, especially after the result on the final day of last season, it was vital we didn’t lose there. Brendan got the team together, they worked hard and it was a special goal from Coutinho.

“Bournemouth are a newly-promoted team and of course they are going to want to do well.

“In the first half against Arsenal we were superb. They gelled straight from the start and I thought they played some really good football.”

Over two spells at Anfield stretching a total of 15 years, Welshman Rush netted a club-record 346 goals, while his 660 runouts make him the Liverpool’s sixth highest appearance maker.

Following West Ham’s trip to Merseyside, the Premier League breaks for a two-week international recess, after which Rodgers takes his side to Old Trafford.

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