Kuyt: Reds in a great position

The Reds were held to a goalless draw in the freezing Czech capital

last night in a game where the hosts were the better team despite

not playing a competitive match for more than two months because of

their winter break. However, while Holland international Kuyt was

disappointed they had not been able to perform better, he believes

the clean sheet secured in Prague will stand them in good stead for

the return leg of their Europa League last-32 clash next Thursday.

“You always want to win and that’s what we wanted,” said the

Dutchman. “It’s always important to score an away goal in Europe

but it is never bad not to lose. “It was a tough game, they

defended well and we struggled with the pitch and the weather – it

was a bit difficult. “I think the positive thing is the clean

sheet. Where we could we tried to score but unfortunately that

didn’t happen but I think we are in a great position to win next

week. “We’re playing well at Anfield, we have to win. It is always

difficult for European teams at Anfield, the crowd will be behind

us and we’ll definitely play at a higher tempo. “The ball will be

moved more quickly and I’ve got a lot of confidence that we can go

through next week.”