New king of the KOP

New king of the KOP

He is synonymous with Liverpool's glorious era.

The trademark moustache may be long gone, but the mere mention of Ian Rush continues to evoke memories of the glory days when the Reds were the dominant force in England.

His trophy inventory with the Merseyside club comprises two European Cups, five Division One titles, three FA Cups and five League Cups.

It was in the penalty box where he was known to be one of the true masters of the predatory art, and he has, in his two stints at Liverpool, forged several lethal strike partnerships.

But the one with Kop favourite Kenny Dalglish stood out.

And Rush told The New Paper in an exclusive phone interview earlier in the week that he sees shades of Dalglish in Daniel Sturridge.

Sturridge, 24, is Liverpool's most outstanding performer this season.

There are similarities between Sturridge and Dalglish, as Rush, scorer of 346 goals in 660 Liverpool appearances, pointed out.

When asked if Sturridge reminded him of a younger him, Rush said: "I don't find him in any way similar to the player I was.

"He is more like a Kenny Dalglish, really. He's agile, he brings people into play.

"And he seems to have this ability to score goals from anywhere."

Sturridge has started the season in sizzling form, having found the net six times in seven league outings.

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