Liverpool legend Ian Rush is excited by the club's prospects of a genuine title challenge this Premiership season.

Rush told The Sun: "When you look at what's happening at other clubs, why shouldn't Liverpool go close? I just hope Rafa gets the money to sign Barry and Keane - then I could see them giving it a real go.

"The spine of the team is in place with Jose Reina, Jamie Carragher, Stevie Gerrard and Fernando Torres.

"If they get support, I can see them mounting a genuine push - and not before time.

"It's no good setting your sights on fourth at a club like this, where expectations are so high.

"And maybe this is the right time. United have lost No 2 Carlos Queiroz and no-one knows what will happen with Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Chelsea have a new boss and new players but even great ones need time to gel.

"And Arsenal are losing players too, while nothing has happened at Liverpool, apart from selling Peter Crouch."