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ISL: Ian Rush lends a shoulder to Mumbai City FC

Mumbai City FC have had a tumultuous season in the Indian Super League so far, their fortunes dipping and rising without any sense of control.

sports Updated: Nov 05, 2014 03:55 IST
Kushal Phatarpekar
Kushal Phatarpekar
Hindustan Times
Mumbai City FC,Ian Rush,Peter Reid

Mumbai City FC have had a tumultuous season so far, their fortunes dipping and rising without any sense of control.

Coach Peter Reid has looked everywhere for a possible solution. Help it seems was always on offer and on Tuesday it came from his long-time friend and Liverpool legend Ian Rush.

The former Anfield stalwart dropped by as the team trained at the KJ Somaiya ground in Mumbai. He interacted with the Mumbai City players, which includes Nicolas Anelka.

"I had a chance to interact with the players. They are currently focused on the game against Delhi Dynamos," Rush told HT on the sidelines of the training session.

"The Indian players seem to be very eager to learn and I hope they pick up a few things from the greats of the game. To play with the likes of Alessandro del Piero and Anelka is a great opportunity and I hope it really helps them improve."

In the city to shoot his documentary 'Football in India', Rush will be spending a week with the Mumbai City team.

"Peter is an old friend. I have spent years playing against him when he was at Everton. He was here and I thought I will come and take a look at how the tournament is shaping out," Rush added.

Rush travelled with the team to the practice venue in the team bus. He was also sporting the Mumbai training jersey. So, was he part of the team? "I'll be with the team for a week but right now I am only interested in looking at how the tournament is panning out and take it from there," he said.

"You never say no to things. Cricket is a beautiful game and very popular in India, but we also want football to come up. So, hopefully this could be a start of that process and surely I would like to be a part of this change in some capacity over time," Rush said.

Rush - who is Liverpool's all-time leading goalscorer, having toted a total of 346 goals in all competitions - seems far from severing ties with his former club.

"I am not looking for any job in the ISL at the moment. I am the ambassador for Liverpool FC and I'll continue doing that," he said.

Gerrard should stay

Rush wants Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to end his career at Liverpool. "He has been an integral part of the club. I hope the club does all that is in their power to make him stay," Rush said.

First Published: Nov 05, 2014 03:45 IST