Kuyt - We will improve
Dirk Kuyt is confident that he and his underperforming Liverpool team-mates are making progress.
Last Updated: 08/10/10 12:24pm
Dirk Kuyt is confident that he and his underperforming Liverpool team-mates are making progress, despite little suggestion of it on the pitch.
Their third Premier League defeat of the season at home to Blackpool leaves them in the relegation zone in 18th place, signalling their worst start to a season since the 1953-4 campaign, when they went down.
With the Reds dominating the headlines regarding their reported takeover by New England Sports Ventures and the ongoing boardroom battle involving owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett's attempts to block the sale, the team's performances have somewhat been overshadowed.
Manager Roy Hodgson is under pressure to deliver after a dismal start to life in charge at Anfield, with the club seemingly lacking in too many areas to realistically challenge for a European place.
Kuyt, however, was positive that his side will turn things around and start displaying in games what they were doing in training.
"If you could see the training sessions, you could see the progress that is being made every day," he told LFC Weekly.
"We have been working really hard and we believe in ourselves. The progression is there and I believe it's just a matter of time before it comes out on the pitch and the good results will follow.
"We are working hard on playing with the shape of the team that the manager likes to use and we have been making progress.
"We didn't have a lot of time in pre-season to work on things but it is definitely starting to come together."
One of Hodgson's summer signings Paul Konchesky has revealed he hopes playing for Liverpool can re-ignite his international career.
The 29-year-old won two caps under Sven-Goran Eriksson but has not featured for the national team for five years.
But he hopes if he can put in some decent performances for his new team he may yet catch the eye of current England coach Fabio Capello.
"I want to do my best for Liverpool first and if I can do well here, and then the England chance comes, then that's a big bonus for me," he said.
"But my first aim is to do well at Liverpool and try to win something here."
Asked if he felt he hard done-by, considering his international exile had coincided with some selection problems at left-back, Konchesky added: "Yes, maybe. But the England manager can pick who he wants to pick.
"I don't let that bother me when I'm playing, and hopefully I can now show him what I can do here with Liverpool.
"I've always got to be confident, and if I'm doing well and the team's doing well, you never know what's going to happen."