Kewell asks for patience
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Harry Kewell has called on Liverpool's fans to be more understanding about his fitness.Harry Kewell has called on Liverpool's supporters to be more understanding of his injury problems.
The Australian attacker has yet to reproduce the form which prompted his move to Anfield from Leeds United in the summer of 2003.
His current season has again been interrupted by injury after he required a hernia operation over the summer, after limping out of the club's UEFA Champions League final win over Milan.
Though he is now fit again, Kewell's attitude has regularly been questioned by the Reds faithful but the 27-year-old feels the fans are not fully aware of his injury troubles.
"Liverpool haven't seen the best of me yet, the fans can see that plain and simple," Kewell told The Times.
"I know they get frustrated seeing a player not do all he can on the pitch but they need to understand my body hasn't allowed me to be the player I know I should be this year."
Kewell is aiming for a lift when Australia tackle Uruguay in the first leg of their World Cup play-off on Saturday and admits it would be the fulfilment of a dream to reach the finals in Germany.
He added: "We've waited long enough, so this should be our time. This is the strongest Australia side I have been a part of.
"It means everything to me to play in the World Cup. I have played in The Premiership and Champions League, but let's be honest, it is every footballer's dream to play in the World Cup at least once.
"It would be a massive regret if I never got the chance but hopefully I've still got at least a couple of tournaments in me, starting with this one."