Ian Rush: Top-four finish realistic goal for Liverpool
Ian Rush believes Liverpool can achieve a top-four finish this season
Ian Rush believes a top-four finish is a realistic goal for Liverpool this season.
The Reds moved to within six points of joint leaders Manchester City and Leicester City on Sunday thanks to a 1-0 victory over Swansea City at Anfield.
Liverpool have seen an upturn in their results since Jurgen Klopp’s appointment last month, and the Reds have lost just once in 11 games in all competitions.
Rush, who scored 229 times in 469 games for Liverpool, is confident the Reds have a strong enough squad to secure a return to the Champions League.
“I said at the start of the season I thought we could finish in the top four and I still think that’s realistic,” Rush is quoted as saying by Liverpool Echo.
“We’ve got the players there – it was just a case of getting it out of them.
“When a new manager comes everyone is available for selection because they are thinking: ‘If I do well in training I have got a chance here’. If you can’t perform for a new manager you are never going to do it.
“The players have responded to it with the pressing he always demanded at Dortmund. That makes it difficult for the opposition.
“Sometimes players have to be told: ‘Listen, if you want to play for Liverpool this is what you have got to do’ and I think Klopp has done that.
“He’s said: ‘This is what I did at Dortmund and this is what I’m going to do at Liverpool and you are either in or out’. Everyone seems to have responded to that.”
Liverpool eased to a 1-0 win against Garry Monk’s Swanmsea side after James Milner dispatched a second-half penalty following Neil Taylor’s handball.
The Reds make the trip to Southampton for their League Cup quarter-final at St Mary’s on Wednesday night.
Klopp’s side make the trip to struggling Newcastle United in their next Premier League game on Sunday afternoon.