Liverpool manager confident his front two will rip defences apart next season

Peter Crouch hardly got a sniff of first-team action at Anfield last season, although it appears that Rafael Benitez is going to change things round formation-wise next term to try and accomodate a certain 28-year-old Irishman.

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While Robbie Keane will certainly be sitting on the bench for his fair share of games, the Spaniard has clearly not bought the former Tottenham and Leeds man as a squad player, with The Guardian reporting that Rafa is excited about the front pairing of Liverpool’s new number seven and Fernando Torres.

“I am sure defenders in the Premier League will be worried about facing them [Keane and Torres] next season,” he said.

Even the pragmatic Benítez has, it seems, allowed his imagination to savour the potential of a partnership that scored 56 goals between them for their clubs last term. “Managers will try to do different things to stop them,” he elaborated. “But that’s where [Steven] Gerrard, [Ryan] Babel and [Dirk] Kuyt will be so important for us because they cannot cope with them all.”

Liverpool fans, are you as excited as Rafa ahead of the new season? Or are you slightly concerned that with all these great players piling forward, the Reds might be caught short at the back? It certainly promises to be an interesting season at Anfield, but will it be a successful one?

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