Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Kuyt confident Reds will improve

Dirk Kuyt

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt insists the team is making progress under new manager Roy Hodgson even if results on the pitch have not suggested as much.

A third Barclays Premier League defeat of the season at home to Blackpool left the Reds 18th in the table, their worst start to a campaign since 1953-54 - when they were relegated.

However, Kuyt said: "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."

Their poor performances have been somewhat overshadowed this week by off-field matters after a sale of the club was agreed with New England Sports Ventures, which is being challenged in the High Court by owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

But Kuyt, who is set to play for Holland in their Euro 2012 qualifier against Moldova on Friday, said there were positives to be seen on the training ground and he was certain it would not take long to transfer those to match days.

"If you could see the training sessions, you could see the progress that is being made every day," he told LFC Weekly.

"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."

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