Liverpool great Ian Rush has vowed to ‘bow down’ to Mohamed Salah if the forward eclipses his goal record.
Having netted 44 times across all competitions this season, the 25-year-old needs four goals against Real Madrid in Saturday’s Champions League final in Kiev to go past the icon’s tally of 47 efforts in Reds’ treble-winning 1983-84 season.
“If he beats my record I would actually bow down to him,” Rush was quoted as saying by Gulf Times.
“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.”
Rush joined a host of others in rooting for Salah to break the duopoly between superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the World Player of the Year.
The former striker believes that should the former Roma forward emerge with a Champions League winners medal on Saturday, he would be deserving of the award ‘100%’.
“The two best players in the world over a long time, without doubt, are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi,” he 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%.”