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Liverpool: View from the stands

Joe Curran

and Barry Purchese both work as journalists and are lifelong Liverpool fans. They spoke to Inside United ahead of Saturday's clash at Anfield.

Inside United: In your opinion, is this the year Liverpool can close the gap on United?
Joe Curran: There might have been an 11-point gap between ourselves and the top come the end of last season, but we've continued to improve under Rafa each season and our final points tally for last term was our best since we last won the league. Having lost fewer games than Manchester United in the Premier League over the course of last season, I think now is the time that we will mount a serious challenge for the title.
Barry Purchese: I would have said so, but having seen us against Standard Liege last month, I'm not so sure...

IU: Can you win the title? If not, who will?
JC: Of course we can. The status quo will soon return.
BP: Obviously the heart says Liverpool, but if it's not us then United. Chelsea only did just enough to win in a lot of matches last year, especially away from home.

IU: How would you assess Rafa's summer signings?
JC: Although we still need another left-sided midfielder, the prospect of Robbie Keane and Fernando Torres firing on all cylinders up front is very exciting and could give us that ruthless edge to stop us drawing so many games. Dossena looks like another astute Rafa purchase, while we still have a lot more to come from Martin Skrtel.
BP: Keane always performed well whenever he came up against Liverpool so it was easy to see why Benitez went for him, but everyone is wondering just how good the partnership can be. It's a lot of money, but if he delivers 15 goals and sets up just as many then it's money well spent. Dossena had looked good in pre-season, but then so did Bruno Cheyrou. The interesting one is N'gog, who could be an absolute steal at £1.5m.

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