"To be linked with players like that gives me pride and great satisfaction," he told liverpoolfc.tv.
"They were some of the greatest players in the history of Liverpool Football Club. I have just arrived and still have a long way to go, but I am proud of the association.
"These players, Rush and Dalglish, they defined an era for Liverpool by scoring so many goals.
"It's not just for their sake that I shy away from these comparisons, it's for me too. I have only just arrived here. Many years down the line when I eventually leave Liverpool I would like to be held in the same affection as these players but I've got a long way to go, so I'll leave them on their pedestal at the moment."