Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt accepts the criticism which has been levelled at the club in recent weeks and admits the players have performed below expectations.

The Reds head to Newcastle on Sunday, eight points above them in sixth, on the back of five defeats in six Barclays Premier League matches. The latest was a dismal performance at home to Wigan last week which saw the players and manager Kenny Dalglish come under even more scrutiny.

"It (criticism) doesn't surprise me because Liverpool should always at least be in the top four or five," Kuyt told Press Association Sport.

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