The mustachioed Ian Rush was an odd-looking player, tall, skinny and surprisingly not good in the air.
However, he did do one thing well and that was putting the ball in the back of the net. In fact that was the only thing he ever did on the field, but he did it damn well, to the point that he gave defenders nightmares throughout the 1980s.
League Cup, Division One, FA Cup—Rush scored in all tournaments, ringing up a total of 139 goals in 224 games.
Although he was a central part of the squad, big-spending Juventus made Liverpool an offer they couldn't refuse. (Liverpool used the Rush money to buy Peter Beardsley, John Barnes and John Aldridge, who formed an even more fearsome forward line.) However, Rush never settled in Italy and also lost his scoring touch. He only hit the back of the net seven times for Juve.
Rush never mastered the language and struggled in the dressing room. After a year, he returned to Liverpool and started scoring like he had never left. He was so good that Liverpool eventually sold his replacement John Aldridge.