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King Kenny? He will rule again, says old Liverpool pal Rush

By Steven Beacom

The new season may still be a couple of months away but according to legendary striker Ian Rush, Liverpool fans are in for a treat when the campaign kicks off in August, thanks to his old strike partner Kenny Dalglish.

The Welsh great even suggests with Dalglish at the helm, Liverpool can challenge for the Premier League title.

Rush is in Northern Ireland for a two day trip in his role as club ambassador to publicise a series of Liverpool Academy Soccer Schools going ahead around the province next month.

The Kop idol was at Assumption Grammar School in Ballynahinch today after visiting Magee College in Londonderry and Jordanstown yesterday. He is spreading a positive message, not just about the Soccer Schools, run in injunction with charity Happy Children, but about the inspiration of Dalglish.

“Kenny has put the smiles back on faces of Liverpool fans again and I can see that continuing,” said Rush, who scored a record 346 goals for the Reds and formed a deadly double act with Dalglish in the 80s.

“The first aim must be to get in the top four and qualify for the Champions League and I believe Liverpool will be in the mix for that.

“You have Manchester United, who must replace two experienced players in Edwin van der Sar and Paul Scholes, Chelsea, who as a squad aren't getting any younger, Arsenal, who need experience in their ranks, and Manchester City, who are looking for consistency. I would put Liverpool in the same bracket as those four.

“This summer is going to be exciting and much of what happens in the new season will depend on who signs who in the next couple of months.

“I would certainly back Kenny on that score – and with that being the case there's no reason why Liverpool can't challenge for the title,” added Rush.

Already the Scot has delved into the transfer market to buy young Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson. The £17 million fee was considered to be over the top, but Rush, who would like to see a top winger among the arrivals to get the best out of Andy Carroll, says: “Jordan has great energy and is good with the ball. I believe he is going to become a fantastic asset both in the short term and long term at Liverpool.”

Liverpool Academy Soccer School dates: Magee College, Londonderry, August 2 and 24, Assumption Grammar,Ballynahinch August 9, University of Ulster, Jordanstown August 9.

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Sylvain Marveaux is set to be confirmed as Liverpool's second summer signing after the left midfielder completing a medical yesterday. The 24-year-old French international will move to Anfield on a free transfer from his current side, Rennes.

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