Kuyt admits Arsenal loss was hard to take

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt admits the defeat against Arsenal on Saturday was hard to take, as the club failed to correct their poor home form, liverpoolfc.tv reports.

The Reds had the chances to beat Arsenal on Saturday, which seems to be the common theme for Liverpool at home this season. Liverpool have only won four times in the league at home so far this campaign and the chances they missed could have sealed the game. Kuyt missed a first-half penalty which was well saved by Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and Arsenal won the game thanks to a clinical finish by Robin van Persie in the final minutes.

The Dutchman was disappointed with what happened at Anfield and believes that the club need to start killing off games when they go ahead. Kuyt said: ‘It’s very disappointing. I thought the team played really well. We should have scored at least three goals. To lose was just unbelievable. Without Van Persie, they are a completely different team.’

Liverpool’s 16 match unbeaten run was ended against Arsenal, but Kuyt and his teammates travel to Sunderland on Saturday. The Reds were without Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger against the Gunners, but all three could return for the trip to the North East. Kuyt had been out-of-favour at times this season and was tipped to leave in January, but the Dutchman’s form has been good since Christmas and he is cementing his place in the Reds line-up.

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