Liverpool legend Ian Rush celebrates his 50th birthday today and what better way to crown the career of a Reds legend than to look back at his finest strikes during his time at Anfield.

Rush scored 346 goals in 660 appearances for Liverpool, leaving him as the club's leading goalscorer, but what's his greatest goal for the club? GMF attempts to rank the top five.
 

5. Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
1990 1st Division

After leaving the ball for Peter Beardsley the ball fell for Rush on the half volley, and with Palace's defenders on their heals, he thundered the ball into the far corner to notch his 300th career goal.
 

4. Liverpool vs Manchester City
1992 Premier League

One of the sweetest struck goals of Rush's illustrious career. After Steve McManaman had set off on another typical mazy run, he crossed for Rush, who took one step back before crashing a volley into the roof of the net.

 

3. Liverpool vs Everton
1989 FA Cup Final

With Liverpool having been pegged back twice by rivals Everton, it took Rush to separate the two side's again.

John Barnes's delicious cross came all the way through to Rush, who readjusted and buried a header beyond Neville Southall.
 

2. Aston Villa vs Liverpool
1984 Ist Division

With Rush having already netted twice, the Welshman was destined for a hat trick, and he capped a fine performance with an audacious third.

Steve Nicol's header went over the Villa defence and Rush controlled the ball on his thigh before lobbing it over the oncoming keeper.
 

1. Liverpool vs Everton
1986 FA Cup Final

If there was ever a goal that showed the quality of the Liverpool side during the 80s or that of Rush, it was this one.

Already 2-1 up over arch rivals Everton, Jan Molby moved the ball on to Ronnie Whelan, who made his way to the edge of the 18-yard box before chipping the ball through to Rush, who's instant control and devastating finish completed a league and cup double for the Reds.

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