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Reds should be ashamed, says Kewell

By Jim van Wijk
LIVERPOOL players should "hang their heads in shame" following the Barclays Premiership defeat at Charlton, according to Harry Kewell.

Rafael Benitez’s men have taken just one league point from a possible 12, losing three successive away games.

Despite a positive start at The Valley, the Reds trailed 2-0 at the break after a controversial penalty from Darren Bent and Luke Young’s close-range finish.

With Liverpool’s strikers continuing to misfire, and the team lacking the drive of their inspirational captain Steven Gerrard though injury, attacking midfielder Kewell called on everyone to stand up and be counted.

The Australian said: "We know what we can do and what we should have done, so we can only hang our heads in shame for what happened.

"The first 40 minutes of the game is nothing if you don’t score. We seem to have been doing that a lot lately.

"The manager has been telling us enough times to start finishing. As an attacker I take it upon my shoulders and accept part of the responsibility for scoring goals.

"The only people who can do it are those the manager selects to play in the attack.

"We have all got to take a look at ourselves and get our act together."

Charlton took the lead on 42 minutes when goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, was wrongly adjudged by referee Andre Marriner to have tripped Bent.

Addicks boss Alan Curbishley accepted his side had perhaps been a bit "lucky" with the decision, but Kewell refused to blame it for Liverpool’s defeat.

"Yes, the referee made a decision which no-one can believe. He has gifted them the game as it turned out, but you have got to get on with it when something like that happens.

"You have got to keep your head. The manager has told us we have only ourselves to blame and now we have got to get our heads right.

"We are still playing well in games, but we are not getting decisions and there are other times when we are sleeping and the other team scores with one attack. It is a team game, so we have all got to look at what more we can do to change that."