'Life with Cork girl Carol is a whole new adventure', says Rush
Liverpool great Ian Rush has revealed his relationship with Irish girlfriend Carol Anthony is a "whole new adventure" for him.
Rush (55), the Reds' all-time leading goalscorer, has been dating the Cork singer (33) for more than four years.
He said she admires all the success he has achieved in his career as a footballer and coach.
"I think she's proud of me, yes," he said.
"Sometimes I can be a bit lazy and it keeps you going, getting involved in different things. It's a whole new adventure for me now and she's part of that."
Although Rush is often in Ireland, Carol hasn't convinced him to make the move across the Irish Sea permanent just yet.
"I don't think so, I'm happy where I am," he said.
"I spend a lot of time in Ireland. I'm here mainly for horse racing now and Carol is obviously from Cork so I'm over every now and again, and I've got a few friends from Dublin as well."
Rush has high hopes for Robbie Keane, who signed for Indian club Atletico de Kolkata in August.
Having been offered a job with an Indian team himself, Rush reckons the former Ireland captain will be able to take his new team to the next level.
"Robbie will have great success out there. Robbie is one of those that if I was manager, I would want to sign. He's got a lot more to offer," he told the Herald.
"You have to accept when you go over that it's a different culture, but he knows all about it so I think he'll be excellent on the pitch.
"I've seen the standard of Indian football and it's improving. He'll help the Indian players because they need help as well.
"I think he'll love it. I have a lot to do with India as well."
The former Liverpool star was offered the chance to manage the Delhi Dynamos but turned it down.
"I was with the Delhi Dynamos last year, I was asked to be manager but with my involvement with Liverpool it was too much to do. I've gone to India every year for the last few years," he said.
Rush, an ambassador for the Shabra Charity Foundation, was speaking at the launch of the Mater Hospital's new Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) laboratory.
The NGS laboratory will house gene sequence equipment enabling germline testing for the Irish population, benefiting people suffering from heart disease, cancer and blindness.
Shabra was set up by Rita Shah and Oliver Brady and has raised €1.1m for the Mater Hospital to purchase equipment for heart, cancer and eye care.