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Kuyt: Reds criticism is justified

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt accepts the criticism which has been levelled at the club in recent weeks and admits the players have performed below expectations.

The Reds head to Newcastle on Sunday, eight points above them in sixth, on the back of five defeats in six Barclays Premier League matches. The latest was a dismal performance at home to Wigan last week which saw the players and manager Kenny Dalglish come under even more scrutiny.

"It (criticism) doesn't surprise me because Liverpool should always at least be in the top four or five," Kuyt told Press Association Sport.

"Manchester City have been in there the last couple of years and Spurs are doing really well but I think this team should be in the top five.

"That is what we expect for ourselves and that is the pressure we put on ourselves because a club like Liverpool should always be there.

"But unfortunately we are not in that position at the moment so we are just trying to change things.

"I think criticism at a club like Liverpool is always there when you don't reach the position people expect you to.

"That is something we have to change and we can start tomorrow."

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