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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 7, 2006

Crouch revels in new-found confidence

Peter Crouch believes Liverpool's problems in front of goal are a thing of the past.

Crouch will lead the attack against Bolton at Anfield on Sunday, with Rafael Benitez's men aiming to reach the 70-point mark for only the second time in the last 10 campaigns.

Currently on 67, a victory over a Bolton side who have stumbled recently with three successive defeats would see Liverpool reach 70 points for only the second time since they achieved 71 in finishing third in the 1995-96 season.

Liverpool have scored 20 goals in five successive victories since the potentially confidence-damaging defeats by Arsenal and Benfica.

It had taken Liverpool 19 previous matches to score 20 goals, so Crouch has some justification for feeling things have changed for the better.

He said: 'We all knew there was never a problem with us scoring goals, but you have to show it on the pitch and thankfully in the last couple of weeks we have been showing it.

'The win against Everton in the derby recently gave everyone confidence, and we have continued that form.

'We now need to win as many games as we can now in the league and finish as high as we can.'

Liverpool are still holding out some hope of catching Manchester United to finish second, even though they are five points adrift and have played one game more than the Old Trafford men.

What is more realistic is a third-placed finish as they are 12 points ahead of Tottenham, who have a game in hand, and 14 points more than Arsenal who have played two games less than Benitez's men.

Certainly, with Arsenal now in with a genuine shout of winning the Champions League, Liverpool do not want to finish fourth - leaving Arsenal outside the top four.

UEFA have decided Champions League winners must take the fourth Premiership spot, an irony that would not be lost on Liverpool after their experiences of last term when they lifted Europe's top club trophy.

Benitez, who will have the Steven Gerrard back from a one-match suspension to face Bolton, is also taking a realistic view on the quest for second spot.

With his side also facing an FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, Benitez said: 'If we could win all our games and finish second, fantastic, but if we can progress in the FA Cup to the final and then win it, that would be a fantastic season.'

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