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Gerrard excited by arrivals
11 Jul 2007 - 07:58:07
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes the club's moves in the transfer market this summer will send shockwaves through their Premier League rivals.
Reds boss Rafael Benitez smashed the club's record transfer fee paid when he landed Spain international Fernando Torres in a £20million move from Atletico Madrid.
Benitez is also on the trail of £13.5million-rated Ajax starlet Ryan Babel plus West Ham's Israel international midfielder Yossi Benayoun.
And Gerrard has revealed his excitement at the team being built under the watch of American co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
"I'll bet players and fans from other clubs have been looking at us and thinking 'Aye, aye, Liverpool are making a move for some of the big boys now'," he told the Liverpool Echo.
"Since I've been in the first team I can't remember us making such a major statement of intent in the transfer market as this.
"In recent years it's only really been Manchester United and Chelsea buying players around the £20million mark, so it's great to see us able to compete for players of that kind of value.
"The Liverpool board has always backed the manager and we've invested heavily over the years.
"(Previous managers) Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier spent a lot of money, but we've all been looking to that extra step to close the gap and attract the kind of players United and Chelsea would be able to afford.
"This is the first summer in a long time we've been able to do that."