Dirk Kuyt is excited by the team being assembled by Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish.

Kuyt is confident Liverpool are moving in the right direction and is looking forward to the new season with more anticipation than perhaps any other since signing from Feyenoord in 2006.

"When I arrived at Liverpool, five or six years ago, we seemed to have two very good players for almost every position," he said.

"I have just got a feeling we are getting back there. There is more rivalry, more competition but it gets the best out of you.

"The start of pre-season last year was very strange for all of us. We didn't know where the club was going with the owners but since they [Tom Hicks and George Gillett] have gone, there has been a lot of change. A change of manager and a couple of good signings like Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.

"It all looks very positive. It is what I want and what the players want. We have to challenge with the best and it looks like we are getting there."

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