'Unstoppable' - Why Diego Maradona would have loved playing alongside Liverpool legend Ian Rush

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Ian Rush and Diego Maradona played against each other when Juventus faced Napoli but never got the chance to line up on the same team
Diego Maradona claimed he would have "loved to play" alongside Liverpool legend Ian Rush.

Two of the world's greatest ever footballers, who graced the game with sensational attacking prowess during the 1980s and early 90s, spoke on Instagram of their admiration for each other on the former's 60th birthday last October.

Rush, who is comfortably the Reds' all-time leading goalscorer having netted 346 times for the Reds, posted two pictures on the social media site of himself and Maradona together wishing a "happy 60th birthday to one of the greatest!"

Underneath his post, the former striker posted quotes he had given in a previous interview about Maradona.

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They read: "Diego Maradona was the best player I played against. Juventus beat Napoli at home, and I scored, but then we went to Napoli, and they beat us 3-1 and I thought he was an absolute genius.

"He was so good he didn't even need to look at the ball, he was just looking at these tackles flying in and riding them, manipulating the ball away from danger, it was a joy to watch.

"Napoli wanted to sign me to play with him after the 1983-4 season, but Liverpool were having none of it."

More than 30,000 people liked the post and Maradona himself replied to Rush too.

The Argentinian genius, who lit up the pitch with a ball at his feet, wrote: "I would have loved to play by your side.

"We would have made an unstoppable tandem. Thank you very very much Ian.

"All my respect and admiration for you my friend!!! Btw I love these pictures."

Sadly just under a month after his 60th…
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