Rush: Salah better than Ronaldo and Messi this season

Ian Rush says he will bow down to Mohamed Salah should the Egyptian break his Liverpool goals record for a single season in the Champions League final.

Salah enters Saturday’s showdown against Real Madrid with 44 goals this season, three short of Rush’s record from the 1983-84 campaign when Liverpool won the European Cup, First Division, and League Cup treble.

It might seem a tall order for Salah to set a new mark, but Rush, now a club ambassador at his beloved Liverpool, has made a promise to him ahead of the Kiev final.

“If he beats my record, I would actually bow down to him,” Rush said.

To score four goals in a final would be an incredible achievement.

“Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez were amazing in their first seasons at Liverpool.

“But I have to say Salah’s been even better than them, not only his goals and assists but his all-round game.

“What I like about him is that he’s such a humble guy, if someone’s in a better position he passes the ball.”

Salah became the most expensive player in Liverpool history last summer when he joined from Roma in an initial £37 million deal, although January signing Virgil van Dijk has since taken the record.

But the 25-year-old has shown he is worth every penny and more, with 11 of his goals coming in the club’s march to the Champions League final. Rush has echoed those who believe Salah should be crowned world player of the year if Liverpool become European champions.

The two best players in the world over a long time, without doubt, are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi,” Rush said. “But over the last season Salah has been the best player.

“He played a huge role in helping Egypt to the World Cup and what he’s achieved at Liverpool has been amazing.

“If Liverpool win the Champions League he deserves the best player award, 100%.”

Rush will be in Kiev as Liverpool seek to win European football’s biggest prize for the sixth time. And Liverpool’s record scorer with 346 goals, believes it will be a high scoring affair.

“Madrid are not the force they used to be, although, saying that, when they need to up their game they do. There’s got to be goals in it with two such attacking teams, and hopefully these Liverpool players can become legends.”


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