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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Kuyt eyes Pompey win as Wigan loss 'a one-off'

Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt has written off Monday's Premier League horror show at Wigan as a one-off.

The Reds' season sank to a new low after an abject 45 minutes at the DW Stadium, when it seemed the ability to pass the ball to each other had deserted even the most gifted players in the Reds' side.

That defeat was followed up by a 1-0 loss against Lille in the Europa League on Thursday -- though that was not unexpected given the northern French side's formidable home record.

Now Kuyt has called on his team-mates to make up for their showing at Wigan when they face Portsmouth on Monday.

"Before Wigan, the last 10 (league) games we had seven clean sheets and many games we won," he said. "The only defeat we had suffered in the league was at Arsenal and it was getting better and better. Monday was just an off-day for every one of us."

Monday is the start of a key seven days in the Reds' season.

After Portsmouth, whose troubles put Liverpool's poor season in perspective, they face a must-win Europa League second leg against Lille before travelling to Old Trafford the next Sunday.

With fourth place in the league looking less achievable by the week, Europe may provide Liverpool's only measure of success.

And Kuyt is confident they can overturn a 1-0 deficit against Lille.

"If you see the quality in this team, we should really beat them with more than one goal," he said.

"Hopefully it will be a good night at Anfield and I think we've a good chance to go through. We are capable of turning it around."

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