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Ian Rush puts some perspective on Liverpool's relentless quadruple push

Rush believes Liverpool will come up short in the title race.

Kevin Palmer

They have closer than any English team has ever got to winning a perfect quadruple of trophies, yet Ian Rush is not convinced Jurgen Klopp's side will pull off their sporting miracle.

With the League Cup already in the Anfield trophy room, Liverpool are now through to the Champions League and FA Cup finals, while they are just a point behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

Yet Rush believes Liverpool will come up short in the title race, as he the ambassador insisted City will bounce back from their Champions League semi-final defeat against Real Madrid to clinch the English title once again.

"Looking at City’s fixtures, it’s hard to see them dropping any points, if I’m honest," said Liverpool's all-time record goal scorer. "I thought Leeds might have been tricky for them given they’re desperate for the points, but they won that with ease.

"I don’t see Wolves away causing City too many problems but West Ham away is a difficult game for any team – Liverpool know that more than anyone having lost there in November.

"All Liverpool can do is win their own games, be that 1-0, 2-0 or whatever. They play before City again this weekend so Liverpool have to put the pressure on the leaders by getting three points.

"Some say it’s a psychological advantage for Liverpool to play before City, but it’s only an advantage if you win. If you drop points, you only give the other side extra incentive to win and ease the pressure on them in the process."

12 April 2019; Liverpool FC Legends manager Kenny Dalglish in conversation with Ian Rush following the Sean Cox Fundraiser match between the Republic of Ireland XI and Liverpool FC Legends at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Rush went on to salute Jurgen Klopp's decision to sign a new contract to continue as Liverpool manager, as he predicted continued to success for his former club.

"Klopp seems to have got his energy back and I don’t think it’s any coincidence that he rediscovered it around the time stadiums returned to full capacity," he added.

"He really knows how to feed off a crowd. When Liverpool lost all those games at home last season, the lack of fans was one of the main reasons Klopp couldn’t stop the rot.

"Since the fans have come back, he has felt the love and that’s where he gets his energy from. To have him committed for another four years is really exciting.

"He’s now the longest-serving manager in the Premier League and when you look at the number of managers Manchester United and Chelsea have had in that time, Liverpool’s stability is something you’d imagine they’d want to aspire to.

"Man City have that stability with Pep Guardiola too and it’s the reason they’re the two best club sides in Europe, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that, regardless of what happened at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

"Retaining his backroom team around him was key to Klopp signing a new deal. I call it the modern day bootroom. Back when I was playing, we had Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans.

"No one was ever vying for the top job but they were ready for it when the club needed them. There was an unbreakable trust and Klopp seems to have something similar going on.

"It’s a team game and he makes most of the decisions, but Klopp can’t do everything himself so he needs people he can trust around him and he appears to have the perfect set-up."

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