Kuyt: Champions League still on

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Dirk Kuyt says Liverpool will definitely challenge for a Champions League spot, despite their loss to Fulham last night.


The Holland international was a late substitute in the game at Craven Cottage, where a Clint Dempsey strike saw off Kenny Dalglish’s men.


The defeat means the Anfield side are now five points off fourth place, currently being occupied by Chelsea.


“It's a huge disappointment but we need to keep going, look at ourselves and try to improve,” said Kuyt.


“We definitely want to challenge for the top four and if we want to do that we need to win these type of games.


“I thought we were unlucky because we had the chances to score. We did okay in the first half but the way we came out in the second half was much better.”


The turning point in the game was the sending off of young Reds midfielder Jay Spearing in the 71st minute.


The 23-year-old got the ball in a strong challenge on Moussa Dembele, but his follow-through was adjudged to be a red card offence by referee Kevin Friend.


Kuyt refused to blame the loss, decided after Dempsey pounced on a Pepe Reina spill in the 85th minute, but admitted it was a factor.


“I didn't see Jay's challenge and I don't know if it was a red card. Obviously it didn't help us in our efforts to win the game. It's a huge disappointment not to get the three points.”


Liverpool went into the game hoping to secure a seventh away win in a row, which would have been a club record.

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