In the aftermath of two more sumptuous penalty conversions last week, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been tipped to become the club's all-time spot-kick king during the coming years.

The 33-year-old calmly planted a match-winning effort against Fulham on February 12 then, four days later, hit the corner from 12 yards to bring the Reds back into their FA Cup clash at Arsenal.

In successfully outwitting the respective goalkeepers, the skipper extended his tally from penalties to 37 - enough for third place in the record books behind defender Phil Neal (38) and 'Great Dane' Jan Molby (42).

With 12 Barclays Premier League games remaining this season and plenty of time available in the remainder of his career, Ian Rush has backed Gerrard to overhaul his former teammates and make history.

"Phil Neal and Jan Molby didn't miss many penalties," the Welshman told "But in the last few years, Steven has been confident in doing that. You know he's going to score.

"The good thing about it is it's not in the same position all the time, he changes his position. He looks at the opposition goalkeeper and studies him.

"Goalkeepers will study Steven as well - it's all about the mind games then. Mentally, Steven feels really confident when he's taking those penalties.

"He's got every chance. We've got 12 games left and with the way that we're playing and the pace of Suarez, Sterling and Sturridge, there's every chance we're going to get a penalty. Steven will be around next year and I think he will break it."

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