26 Mar 2009

Did Ian Rush really say that?!

Ian Rush’s comments about his struggle to adapt to Italian life whilst playing for Juventus entered into Liverpool FC folklore long ago, but did he really say that living in Italy ‘was like living in a foreign country’?

According to Liverpool’s goal-scoring Legend, he made no such comment:

“I was set up! It was someone's idea of fun - probably one of my Liverpool team-mates joked that I'd said it and things went from there. I had just re-joined the club [in August 1988] and wanted to get back to playing football, not worry what was being written about me”.

It’s a shame really, as the comment is a big part of the Ian Rush legend and is oddly endearing in a way, as well as being hilariously funny!

It’s amazing how that quote has endured over the years and seeped into the consciousness of football fans across the globe. Indeed, the quote is so synonymous with Ian Rush that it’s possibly one of the first things people will bring up when asked about the player.

Anyway – the man himself has debunked the myth. The task now is to try and identify which of Rush’s team-mates made it up!

So who’s the culprit? My top four suspects are:

Jan Molby
Steve McMahon
Ronnie Whelan
John Aldridge

For my money, it's got be Aldo!

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1 comment:

  1. If you read Rush's autobiography he mentions that Kenny Dalglish (who was apparently a bit of a one for practical jokes) said it when talking to journalists after Rushie's return.