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Gerrard: There is more to come from Liverpool

Steven Gerrard insists there is still a lot more to come from Liverpool this season, as the Anfield men face West Ham at Upton Park intent on stretching their current run to four successive victories.

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Liverpool expect to have Brazilian full-back Fabio Aurelio back in the side, while midfielder Javier Mascherano has now recovered from a pelvic problem and is expected to play against his former club.

Skipper Gerrard believes Liverpool are starting to run into form and he is aiming for a repeat of last season's 3-0 win in east London that included a double from the England midfielder.

Gerrard said: ''We are finding our form. Last weekend we felt that in the victory over Burnley we started to click into form.

''That performance was much more like what we are looking for. We ground out a win at Bolton in the previous league match but last weekend we played some really good stuff.

''We had put some pressure on ourselves by losing two early matches, but we showed against Burnley that we are perfectly capable of playing the sort of inventive football that was our trademark last season.''

But he added, after the Champions League win over Debrecen made it three wins on the bounce: ''There is a lot more to come from us this season.

''We are improving with every game, and the goals are being shared around. Yossi Benayoun got a hat-trick against Burnley, Dirk Kuyt is always capable of scoring while I believe that Fernando Torres is the best striker in Europe.

''If we create chances we have plenty of players capable of putting the ball into the net, and that makes it hard for anyone playing against us. They just cannot keep one or two players quiet, because we have dangerous players all over the pitch.''

Boss Rafael Benitez also sees the club's injury problems dimishing.

He said: ''Aurelio is now ready for a comeback, Mascherano is also over his problem while Danny Agger is very close to a return and (Alberto) Aquilaini is also getting close to being involved in full training.

''When the majority of our squad are fit, we can manage games with more confidence. Agger is a risk, he could play now, but he has been out for a long time and we have to be careful with him. But I believe that next week he could be available.''

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