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Rush makes it 23 derby goals in 24 games

Just a few months after breaking Evertonians’ hearts in the FA Cup Final, where his two goals saw Liverpool lift the trophy 3-2 against their Merseyside rivals, Ian Rush was at it again in the first League derby of the 1989-90 season.

The Welsh wizard took his tally against the Blues in derby matches to a barely believable 23 goals in 24 matches as the visitors leap-frogged their close neighbours to sit proudly atop the Division One table.

But the game had started so well for the home side with boyhood Reds’ supporter Mike Newell poking home a Pat Nevin cross to open the scoring on seventeen minutes. Just after the half-hour point, though, and Kenny Dalglish’s side were level through a John Barnes header.

In the second period it was Barnes at the heart of the action again as, not for the first time during the afternoon, he beat full-back Ian Snodin and crossed for Rush to convert his first just after the hour mark. Two minutes later and Rush struck again, converting a fine pass from Peter Beardsley, with only a brilliant save from Neville Southall preventing him from claiming the match ball.

Liverpool would go on to be crowned champions at the end of the campaign, finishing the season with a 6-1 win at Coventry City. Incredibly for the side which had dominated English football for so long, this was the club’s last League title until Jurgen Klopp’s delivered the Premier League in 2019-20.

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