‘It’s creepy and wrong’: Liverpool fans slam advert showing former striker Ian Rush having a cup of tea with a CGI-animated version of legendary boss Bob Paisley… 24 YEARS after he died
- The new advert shows Bob Paisley and Ian Rush reminiscing over old times
- Paisley was Liverpool boss from 1974 to 1983 in a trophy laden spell
- The club legend brought Ian Rush to Anfield in 1980 from Chester City
- Rush would go on to become the club’s record scorer before leaving in 1996
- But supporters were left uncomfortable with the duo’s ‘2020 conversation’
Liverpool fans have criticised the release of an advert that shows former striker Ian Rush having a cup of tea with a CGI animated version of club legend Bob Paisley.
Paisley, who managed Liverpool in a trophy laden spell between 1974 and 1983, passed away in 1996 but in the advert is featured holding a modern day conversation with Rush as they share a cup of tea in a cafe.
The content of the advert features the pair reminiscing over their days at Liverpool, with Rush signed by Paisley in 1980, sharing anecdotes over how he got the best out of the former Wales international such as fooling him that he was on the transfer list.
A new advert shows a CGI-animated Bob Paisley alongside former Liverpool striker Ian Rush
The advert from Liverpool sponsor Standard Chartered shows the pair having a cup of tea
Rush and Paisley reminisce on their days together at Liverpool between 1980 and 1983
But many Reds supporters on Twitter were left uncomfortable with the advert which is for the club’s shirt sponsor Standard Chartered.
One fan described the advert by saying ‘That’s creepy and kind of wrong.’ Another added: ‘Massively disrespectful imo. If it was to honour the 96 perhaps but to sell s****, no way, not even for you.’
Many users also questioned using Paisley as part of an advert to promote banking products, but Rush assured supporters that the advert was given permission to run by Paisley’s family.
Not all supporters were negative towards the advert however. One user posted: ‘This is absolutely brilliant. I will share YNWA x’
Liverpool celebrate their League Cup win over Manchester United in 1983 under the management of Paisley (top right), with Rush also among the side (third top right)
Paisley enjoyed an uninterrupted 44 years at Liverpool after signing as a player in 1939
BOB PAISLEY LIVERPOOL HONOURS
First Division (1): 1946-47
First Division (6): 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83
League Cup (3): 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83
Charity Shield (6): 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982
European Cup (3): 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81
UEFA Cup (1): 1975–76
UEFA Super Cup (1): 1977
While another Liverpool fan enjoyed the interaction between Rush and the GGI version of Paisley, adding: ‘That i enjoyed. What brilliant memories Bob and yourself Ian gave to this great club. Thank you very much.’
Paisley is statistically the greatest ever English manager having lifted six league titles, while adding three of Liverpool’s six European Cups, a UEFA Cup as well as three League Cups.
Rush was also part of Paisley’s success at Liverpool after arriving in 1980 and barring two years at Juventus in the late 1980s played for the Reds 660 times across the next 16 years, scoring a record 346 goals.
After Paisley left as manager in 1983 it brought an end to his 44 years at the club stretching back to his early playing days. He soon returned as a director before retiring in 1992. He sadly passed four years later following illness.
He would go on to become the greatest ever English manager. Pictured above on the Anfield pitch in 1981 is Paisley with the European Cup, the League Cup, two minor trophies and 16 bottles of whiskey to mark manager of the month awards
After being signed by Paisley in 1980, Rush went on to become Liverpool’s greatest ever goalscorer, netting 346 in 660 games including the 1986 FA Cup final win over Everton (above)
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