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Kuyt apologises to fans

Reds forward admits performances have not been good enough

Last Updated: 04/10/10 11:45am

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Kuyt: Testing time

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Dirk Kuyt has apologised to Liverpool's supporters following the club's horror show against Blackpool.

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"It's probably one of the hardest defeats I've had to take since I've been here and we're sorry for the fans."
Dirk Kuyt. Quotes of the week

A disappointing opening to the season got decidedly worse for the Reds on Sunday as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Ian Holloway's Premier League newcomers.

A dispirited showing at Anfield means Roy Hodgson's side will occupy a standing inside the relegation zone as the top flight takes an international break.

In the aftermath of the Blackpool game, Hodgson admitted that performances at present are 'unacceptable' and agreed that the Reds are in a basement battle.

It may be slightly premature to suggest that Liverpool will become embroiled in a relegation scrap, but things need to improve drastically if they are to snap out of their slump.

Kuyt admits that the weekend showing against Blackpool was one of the worst he has experienced during his time on Merseyside, but insists that the players will pull together and help the club to turn the corner.

Frustrating

"It was really, really disappointing," said the Dutchman.

"It's probably one of the hardest defeats I've had to take since I've been here and we're sorry for the fans.

"The first thing we have got to do is make sure we start winning games again and then we can begin to take things from there."

Kuyt believes Hodgson, despite mounting criticism, remains the right man to take Liverpool forward and is convinced that the Reds will find their feet once Premier League action resumes.

"It is still early days for the manager and we have to keep working but one thing I do know is that we will come back stronger for this experience," he added.

"It's frustrating that we have got the international break now because we will have this result hanging over us and everyone in the dressing room wants to put it behind us as quickly as possible.

"We know this result has not helped but we just have to try to focus on the spirit we showed in the second half. We have got to make sure we show it in the next game."

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