Dubai: Liverpool legend Ian Rush has predicted essentially the most open run to the English Premier League (EPL) this season.
Rush’s former membership are in pole place to defend their crown as they sit on the high with 32 factors after 15 matches. However sizzling on their heels are a bunch of groups together with Leicester Metropolis, Everton, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester Metropolis.
The 59-year-old Rush, the membership’s all-time main goalscorer with a complete of 346 targets in all competitions, is satisfied Liverpool is not going to have issues straightforward and cozy this season. “I get a sense that the Premier League might be all the way down to the final match. And naturally, Liverpool would be the favourites to defend their title as they’ve a nice all-round unit,” Rush advised Gulf Information on the sidelines of the fifteenth Dubai Worldwide Sports activities Convention, late on Sunday.
“Little doubt, Liverpool has a powerful group however they at the moment have lots of accidents and which will show to be a defining issue within the battle for the title this season.”
Extensively thought to be one of many biggest strikers of his era, Rush was positioned third within the 100 Gamers Who Shook The Kop — an official Liverpool fan ballot — together with being the document goalscorer for Wales till 2018 with 28 targets.
“This yr’s league would be the most open one for a very long time, and it is going to be contested by groups who’re greatest suited to make the changes and present the starvation whereas chasing their aim,” Rush stated. “For positive, one of many highlights might be that it is going to be essentially the most troublesome one and something can occur alongside the way in which to any of the groups.”
Although groups like Leicester, United and Aston Villa have proven early promise as suitors to the crown this season, Rush was notably appreciative of a resurgent Everton — Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals — underneath Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti. “He has finished an superior job with Everton, and everybody now is aware of that they aren’t your common group. They’ll certainly end within the high 4 and win one of many spots within the Champions League subsequent yr,” Rush stated.
Rush, who was one of many tv pundits in first season of the Indian Tremendous League in 2014, additionally confided that Egyptian tremendous star Mohammad Salah will keep again at Anfield till the tip of his contract, regardless of rumours he’s angling for a transfer to Actual Madrid or Barcelona in Spain. “I doubt he’ll go away Liverpool. The followers love him and he’s scoring targets. He’ll keep,” Rush stated. “As well as, he has the help of an important bunch of gamers, and each time he scores he’s obtained a smile on his face. I’m satisfied he’ll stay.”