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Kuyt positive in title race by lfctalk
February 19, 2009, 10:01
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Dirk Kuyt has told Liverpoolfc.tv that the best is yet to come from the current Liverpool side.

Kuyt and his team-mates are sat in second place, five points behind Manchester United, in the Premier League table and look genuine contenders for the title.

“It’s right to say we have players who are just reaching their peak.” said the Dutchman.

“Steven Gerrard just seems to get better every season. Maybe he hasn’t even reached his peak yet. He scores loads of goals and everyone can see how important he is. It’s the same with Fernando and a few others.”

“We have a lot of young, talented players who have now been at the club a long time.”

“I think this is the best team I have played with at Liverpool.”

Kuyt is looking forward to facing Manchester City again after scoring a late winner to seal a 3-2 comeback win at Eastlands earlier this season.

He explained: “It was a crazy game and a really important one. We were 2-0 down at half-time but saw a completely different Liverpool side in the second half.”

“I think the comebacks have been possible because the team has been together for longer. All the players know each other better, and I also think there are a lot of players here who are getting better each year.”

If Liverpool are to complete a double over Mark Hughes’ side, Kuyt believes Brazilian star Robinho must be kept on a tight leash.

The Holland international admits he has been surprised by how quickly Robinho has settled into life in the Premier League.

“He’s a fantastic player and he’s done really well,” he said. “It’s not easy coming from the Spanish league because it’s more physical here. I thought it would be tough for him but he’s shown he can do really well here. He’s scored a lot of goals and I’m sure as City get stronger as a team he’ll become even better.”

After being knocked out of the FA Cup by local rivals Everton, Liverpool were presented with a two week break from competitive action and Rafa Benitez gave the squad a break to revitalise.

“The manager gave us a few days off so I went back to Holland to see family and friends. The whole family went and enjoyed it,” he said.

“Hopefully it will be my last opportunity to go back this season, because that would mean we are doing really well.”

“We’re all ready for the rest of the season now. If we’d have got through in the FA Cup we would have been playing but we have to see this as an opportunity to be fresh for the games ahead.”

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