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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rush's Return to Form Boosts Liverpool's Chances at Coventry

LONDON -- Liverpool fans, take heart. Ian Rush has rediscovered his scoring touch.


Rush hopes he can replicate his three-goal performance against Blackburn when Liverpool plays at Coventry on Saturday in the Premier League.


Liverpool lies in fourth place with 30 points from 16 games, six points behind Blackburn. The Reds are counting on a victory after collecting just one point from a possible six.


Liverpool defeated Premier League leaders Blackburn 3-1 in the League Cup Wednesday night as Rush broke a seven game scoring drought.


Another team coming off with a big League Cup win is Arsenal, which downed Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 and Saturday plays at Nottingham Forest.


It was a morale-boosting win for the Gunners, who are still reeling from the twin blows of Paul Merson's sensational admission that he was addicted to cocaine and the news that the Football Association has been looking into alleged financial irregularities at the club involving the signing of foreign players.


Nottingham Forest, in fifth place with 28 points, needs a win over Arsenal to keep in title contention.


Blackburn will be looking to bounce back after their League Cup defeat by Liverpool. But the Rovers face a stern test when they face Wimbledon -- the side that dented their championship hopes last season with a 4-1 triumph.


The "Dons", who went on from that victory to beat eventual champions Manchester United, have shown signs in recent weeks that they are returning to form.


Injury-hit Newcastle, which last weekend slipped out of the top two for the first time this season, plays Tottenham Hotspur.


Kevin Keegan's club played without eight first-team regulars in Wednesday's League Cup draw at Manchester City and the reserves are likely to be needed again at White Hart Lane. (AP, Reuters)