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The Dutch international has a great record in the derby and is looking forward to Saturday's trip to Goodison, where he hopes captain Steven Gerrard can be as influential as ever

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt wants to continue his fantastic Merseyside derby goalscoring record and says he hopes to see Steven Gerrard play.

The Dutch international was left on the bench by boss Kenny Dalglish for Saturday’s win over Wolves at Anfield but will be hoping to start against Everton at Goodison at the weekend.

Kuyt has scored five goals against his fiercest rivals since his arrival at the club in 2006 and he told the Liverpool Echo that he really enjoys the match.

He said: “Liverpool v Everton is one of the biggest games of the season and when you win, especially at Goodison Park, it is one of the best feelings.

“It’s a game I really enjoy.”

Captain Gerrard is currently making his way back from injury and Kuyt is hoping his return can lift the side.

“Stevie has still been around the club, but where you really want to see Stevie is out on the pitch," he added.

“He will be as influential as ever because you can see his determination in training. He is very important and can lift us.”

In October 2007, Kuyt scored twice from the penalty spot against the Toffees but he has revealed it was thanks to Andriy Voronin’s nerves that he got the chance to take the glory.

Kuyt continued: “In my second year as a Liverpool player, it was a really tough game and breaks went our way.

“I remember Rafa [Benitez] read out his list of penalty takers before the game and I was second choice. Andriy Voronin was first on the list.

“When the referee gave the first penalty, Andriy came to me and asked whether I wanted it because he didn’t feel too confident. I said: ‘No problem, I’ll take it’.

“To score the winner, it was one of the best feelings I’ve experienced in my Liverpool career.”

The Dutchman has a lot of experience when it comes to big derby clashes having played in the famous Feyenoord - Ajax match many times before moving to England. Kuyt added that he prefers the Merseyside derby due to the respect the players have for each other.

“For me, it is a unique derby too. I have played in games for Feyenoord against Ajax – the biggest match in Holland – and the atmosphere there is a lot more aggressive," he said.

“The thing I really like about the Merseyside derby is you quite often have one or two strong tackles on the pitch. But at the end of the game, the players shake hands.

“My brother-in-law is a big Ajax fan who was there at Goodison in 2007 and he commented on how both sets of supporters generally got along quite well."

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