Reds can beat anyone – Kuyt

Fernando Torres put aside his early-season travails to strike both

goals as the Reds notched a unexpected but impressive 2-0 win over

the Premier League leaders at Anfield yesterday. It was the team’s

third league win in succession – their fourth in all competitions –

and further lifted the gloom which settled over the club last

month. Liverpool slumped into the bottom three as they suffered

back-to-back losses to Blackpool and rivals Everton in October –

those games either side of an acrimonious takeover battle that

ended in the High Court – but the mood has now been transformed.

Kuyt said: “You can see the quality and the strength is coming back

into the team. “Players are starting to get used to each other and

the new players are starting to kick on. “We were just playing

better and better. If you beat Chelsea you have the chance to beat

everyone. “It was a great result, it was a great team effort.” Such

is the tightness of the table that Liverpool, having leapt from

18th to 12th by winning at Bolton last week, were forced back into

16th by results elsewhere by kick-off yesterday. Their victory

catapulted them back up to ninth – their highest position since

after the first game – and they might have gone higher had Maxi

Rodriguez taken a late chance. They are now just two points off

fifth place and pressure on manager Roy Hodgson, after a difficult

first few months in the job, has started to ease. Further wins over

Wigan and Stoke this week could even put Liverpool, almost

inconceivably, back into the title race. Kuyt said: “Everyone knows

when you have a new manager, you have some new players, you might

struggle in the beginning. “That is what we had but we have to

forget these things and move on, think about Wigan and try to get

three points. “Winning games is what everyone has to think. When

you are Liverpool Football Club you have to win every game, or at

least to have a chance win. “We had a great result. It was tough,

some of the guys will be tired, but we will be right up for Wigan.

Hopefully we can get another three points.” Kuyt was influential

throughout in his first Liverpool game for a month. The Dutchman

showed no ill effects from the ankle injury suffered on

international duty as he set up Torres’ 11th-minute opener with a

superb lofted pass. The 30-year-old said: “It is hard to come back

after four weeks. I just had two sessions with the team and the

manager asked me if I was ready. I said yes. “It was tough but

physically I was fine. The only concern was the longer the game was

going the more tired the ankle got. “I had a few knocks on it,

sometimes it was a bit sensitive, but I could do everything on it.

“I am really satisfied with the way it went and with the first goal

I was happy to help.” Kuyt was also pleased to see Torres hit form

after a difficult start to the season. The Spaniard had struggled

since a knee operation late last season and had managed just two

goals this term prior to yesterday’s double. “One and one is two –

that is what we say in Holland,” said Kuyt. “If the team plays

better it will be easier for the one up front. “To make goals

sometimes you need delivery as well, and I thought the delivery was

good. “If the team starts to get more confident they start to get

better and the chances will come. “One thing with Fernando you know

for sure – if you give him the chances he will score.” Torres hit

his second after good work by Raul Meireles in the last minute of

the first half. Chelsea recovered after the break and Nicolas

Anelka hit the bar but Liverpool showed their defensive qualities

to hang on for all three points. Kuyt feels the Reds may now have

turned the corner and wants to play a full part as the season goes

on. He said: “It was a really hard time and hopefully it was my

last injury this season. “If you are a football player you want to

play every game, especially these kind of games.”