“It’s creepy and wrong”: Liverpool fans hit ad in which former striker Ian Rush is drinking a cup of tea with a CGI-animated version of legendary boss Bob Paisley … 24 YEARS after he died
- The new advertisement shows Bob Paisley and Ian Rush memories of old times
- Paisley was Liverpool boss from 1974 to 1983 in a trophy-laden spell
- The club legend brought Ian Rush in 1980 from Chester City to Anfield
- Rush would become the club’s record scorer before he left in 1996
- But supporters were uncomfortable with the ‘2020 conversation’ of the duo
Liverpool fans have criticized the release of an advertisement in which former striker Ian Rush is drinking 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, died in 1996, but the ad maintains a modern conversation with Rush while sharing a cup of tea in a cafe.
The content of the ad includes the couple reminiscent of their days in Liverpool, with Rush signed by Paisley in 1980, sharing anecdotes about how to get the best out of the former Wales International, such as fooling him for being on the transfer list was standing.
A new advertisement shows a CGI-animated Bob Paisley alongside former Liverpool striker Ian Rush
The advertisement from Liverpool sponsor Standard Chartered shows that the couple is drinking a cup of tea
Rush and Paisley recall memories of their days together in Liverpool between 1980 and 1983
But many Reds supporters on Twitter were left uncomfortable with the advertisement for the club’s Standard Chartered shirt sponsor.
A fan described the advertisement by saying: “That’s scary and quite wrong.” Another added: ‘Massively disrespectful imo. If it was to honor the 96, but to sell s ****, really not even for you. “
Many users also wondered if they were using Paisley as part of an advertisement to promote banking products, but Rush assured supporters that the advertisement had been authorized to be run by the Paisley family.
However, not all supporters were negative about the advertisement. One user has posted: ‘This is absolutely brilliant. I will share YNWA x
Liverpool celebrates their League Cup victory over Manchester United in 1983 under the management of Paisley (top right), with Rush also to the side (third top right)
Paisley enjoyed Liverpool uninterrupted for 44 years after having signed as a player in 1939
He would become the greatest English manager ever. Up on the Anfield pitch in 1981, Paisley with the European Cup, the League Cup, two small trophies and 16 bottles of whiskey stand to mark the prices of the manager of the month
BOIS PAISLEY LIVERPOOL HONORS
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, he added: “I liked that. What wonderful memories Bob and yourself gave Ian to this great club. Thank you.’
Paisley is statistically the largest English manager ever to have lifted six league titles, while adding three of the six European Cups from Liverpool, one UEFA Cup and three League Cups.
Rush was also part of Paisley’s success in Liverpool after his arrival in 1980 and defeated two years in Juventus in the late 1980s 660 times for the Reds in the next 16 years, with a record of 346 goals.
After Paisley left as a manager in 1983, his 44 years at the club came back to his early playing days. He soon returned as director before retiring in 1992. Unfortunately, he died four years later after illness.
After being signed by Paisley in 1980, Rush became Liverpool’s biggest scorer ever, with 346 points in 660 games, including the 1986 FA Cup final win over Everton (above)