Houllier backs Kewell to get it right
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Australian international has suffered a stuttering start to his Anfield career and looked very out of sorts in the goalless draw at Aston Villa last Sunday.
Houllier has pleaded with fans to give the former Leeds star time to settle before they see they best of him.
"He's new to the team and the club," said Houllier. "Sometimes that takes a bit of time.
"You have to be indulgent with his performance. He did not have a full week of training.
"He did not play in the Australia international and barely trained until the Friday.
"I was not surprised that he did not start very well. But as I expected, he got better as the game went on and made a good contribution.
"It happens sometimes because a player misses training through injury.
"It adds a bit of pressure on him because people talked about his transfer as being very important to us. But he is comfortable, he is settling in well with his team-mates and it takes a bit of time to learn to work with your colleagues.
"But all the players trust him and he trusts the other players. He will be fine, no problem, despite the attention he gets and the things that are being written about him.
"I know he's a big player, a winner and a fighter with creative talent. That's what he will bring to us."
Houllier also dismissed accusations that he was not utilising Kewell to the best effect in his line-up.
"I like him playing on the right and I like him playing just behind the strikers, that is where he will be most effective for us," added Houllier.
"It is an asset that he can play in several roles. I like him when he plays on the left or right, but he is not a wide player, just a very good offensive midfield player."