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By ESPN Staff

Kuyt encouraged by first start

Dirk Kuyt was pleased with his full debut for Liverpool despite failing in front of goal against PSV Eindhoven.

The recent signing from Feyenoord started his first game for the Reds in last night's Champions League Group C opener in Holland, which ended in a goalless stalemate.

The 26-year-old Dutch striker formed a threatening partnership with Craig Bellamy, hitting the post in the second half before setting up Steven Gerrard, who also struck woodwork in the closing seconds.

'With a little more luck, I would have scored a goal,' Kuyt said.

'But my team-mates and the coach were satisfied about my performance. I am absolutely happy about that, of course.'

The match was also Kuyt's first ever Champions League appearance and he believes Liverpool had the right gameplan against his fellow countrymen.

'We came here to get no goals against,' he said. 'In that aspect we have reached our goal.

'We could even have sneaked away with a victory with a little bit more luck.

'We did not dominate the game but we did get the best chances.

'Before we started the match we came to the conclusion that we would let PSV make the game and we did quite well in that system.

'We can be satisfied, we have gained a point from the main opponent in the group, in an away game.

'So that is just a fine result.'