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Rush excited by Liverpool future

13 June 2013 15:35

Ian Rush is anticipating "exciting times" for Liverpool and believes they can challenge Manchester United in the absence of Alex Ferguson.

The Anfield club finished the season in seventh position, 12 points adrift of a UEFA Champions League place in the Premier League.

They were 28 points behind champions Manchester United, who will be managed by David Moyes next season following Ferguson's decision to retire.

But Rush feels that their strong end to the campaign indicates that Liverpool are ready to challenge for major honours, if they can can show more composure in front of goal.

"We know we can keep clean sheets. We are an attacking team who do create a lot of chances but it's all about putting them away," Rush told the club's official website.

"I'm looking forward to the new season. You look at the other teams like Manchester United with the manager gone so if we can get off to a good start, I think there are exciting times ahead."

The former Liverpool striker reserved particular praise for England international Daniel Sturridge, who scored 11 goals in 16 appearances since his January transfer from Chelsea.

"Sturridge can get even better without a doubt," he added.

"He's got some great skill and with a good pre-season I think you will see an even better Sturridge next season.

"He needs to get fully fit. He was absolutely incredible in some of the games. He has got a good football brain, Coutinho has as well - some of the passes he put through were absolutely superb.

"When you've got the likes of Coutinho, Sturridge, Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and people like that you have got four or five people who can win your games when previously we only have one or two.

"Sturridge has had a couple of little injuries but if he can get fully fit and get through the pre-season then I think there are exciting times ahead."

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