Dirk Kuyt insists Liverpool can't blame off-field problems for poor season

10 May 2010 11:21
Dirk Kuyt  has refused to blame Liverpool's off-field problems for their disastrous season.

The Reds finished seven points adrift off the fourth Champions League spot and ended up seventh in the Barclays Premier League table.

It is Liverpool's worse finish to a season since they came seventh in 1999 not helped by ownership issues, lack of finances and the uncertainty over Rafa Benitez's position as manager.

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But Dutch international Kuyt says none of that should have mattered as it was up to the players to put those concerns to one side and perform as a team on the pitch.

Kuyt says he has no idea as to whether the likes Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard will stay at Anfield but he hopes the squad can learn from their mistakes this season and push on next term.

He told the Liverpool Echo: 'We have to learn from the mistakes we made. We've got to push next season and be bouncing from the start.'You can never be sure what is happening and at this time, we know the club looks very bad. We are looking for new owners and you don't know which players are going to stay or go.

'Every player is interested in what is going on but, if I am honest, I can't blame that side of things for some of our performances.

Stalemate: Kuyt battles for possession with Hull City's Tom Cainey at KC Stadium

'We tried to stay focused with things on the pitch - that's what I did, as did everyone else. We just couldn't make good things happen for the club.'

Benitez has been linked with the managerial post at Juventus, while Chelsea are believed to be chasing Torres. Gerrard is a target for Real Madrid.

But Kut said: 'The manager has four years left on his contract, so I don't expect him to leave unless something else happens. For me, the most important thing is keeping the main players.

'Hopefully then we can buy a few more key players and start winning trophies.'

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Source: Daily_Mail