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Liverpool success in Suarez's sights

sports Updated: Jun 14, 2011 01:40 IST

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez believes the Reds can bring silverware to Anfield next term if they maintain the form they showed during the final five months of the last campaign over a full season.

The Merseyiders enjoyed a huge surge following the appointment of Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish as manager in succession to Roy Hodgson on January and went on to take 34 points from 18 Premier League matches. If they had maintained that ratio from the start of last season, Liverpool would have finished on 71 points, the same as second-placed Chelsea.

"I think the form we showed over the second half of the season bodes well," Suarez told LFC Weekly. "We've been playing well and I think we've been getting into the type of form that we know we'll have to keep up for a whole season if we want to be title contenders."

"If we can hit the ground running and maintain the good form then I think we've got a good chance of doing well."

United sign Blackburn's Jones
Manchester: Manchester United said Monday that England Under-21 defender Phil Jones was set to join the Premier League champions from top-flight rivals Blackburn Rovers on a five-year deal.

Jones is understood to have told Rovers he only wanted to move to United and that has left Blackburn having to accept an offer for the 19-year-old believed to be in the region of £16.5 million. "Manchester United is delighted to announce it has signed an agreement with Blackburn Rovers for the transfer of Phil Jones," said a United statement.

Mcclaren back in UK as forest coach
Former England boss Steve McClaren was on Monday named as the new manager of Championship side Nottingham Forest. McClaren, who returns to the game after being sacked by German side Wolfsburg in February, succeeds Billy Davies, the Scot who paid the price for twice failing to take Forest back to the Premier League.