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Liverpool best in England now, says legend Ian Rush

SINGAPORE — With the club unbeaten in their past eight English Premier League games and level on points with leaders Manchester City, there are good reasons for Liverpool supporters to be all smiles at the moment.

(From left) Luis Garcia, Gary McAllister and Ian Rush, at the launch of the LFC World exhibition at Suntec City yesterday. 

Photo: Koh Mui Fong

(From left) Luis Garcia, Gary McAllister and Ian Rush, at the launch of the LFC World exhibition at Suntec City yesterday.

Photo: Koh Mui Fong

SINGAPORE — With the club unbeaten in their past eight English Premier League games and level on points with leaders Manchester City, there are good reasons for Liverpool supporters to be all smiles at the moment.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have won seven of their 10 league games and lie third, behind City and Arsenal, only on goal difference.

They have also amassed a joint-high 24 goals, and club legend Ian Rush believes Liverpool are currently the best team in England and sees no reason why they cannot challenge for the title.

“We always look like we are going to score, and that’s exciting,” the Welshman told TODAY on the sidelines of the LFC World exhibition at Suntec City yesterday afternoon.

“It’s not going to be easy, but I am looking forward to it. I think at the moment we are playing better than anyone; there’s no reason we can’t do that (continue their form).

“I think come around Christmas, if they are still in the same position then, yeah, probably (we can talk about winning the league).”

Rush, who is Liverpool’s all-time top scorer with 346 goals and is now a club ambassador, also believes Klopp’s methods have helped to transform the Reds this season.

The 49-year-old German is taking charge of his first full season since replacing Brendan Rodgers last October and appears to have stamped his mark properly on the team. A high-octane pressing game has earned plaudits from observers, while players like James Milner and Roberto Firmino are flourishing in new roles.

“I’ve been very impressed,” Rush said of the former Borussia Dortmund boss. “He’s been fantastic, he’s got the players playing well. I think all we are looking at is to try and keep it tight at the back, now that we are scoring goals … he knows what the problem is and he’s addressing that at the moment.”

Rush noted that the absence of European commitments could be a critical factor, adding: “People do get injured and it gives them an extra few days to get fit for the league games; we have to use it to our advantage.”

Rush, along with fellow Reds legends Gary McAllister and Luis Garcia, will be in Singapore until Sunday to meet fans at LFC World, which has an impressive mock-up of the club’s famous Shankly Gates.

“I think it’s something fantastic,” the 65-year-old said of LFC World. “I’ve been (in Singapore) a lot of times. The support just gets bigger and bigger, and hopefully, the team will now go on to bigger and better things.” TEO TENG KIAT

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