The Dutchman hadn’t found the net since the Reds’ League Cup victory over Brighton back in September, but believes more will follow if he maintains his level of performance
Kuyt arrived from Dutch giants Feyenoord in 2006 boasting a formidable scoring record but, despite since becoming a fans’ favourite at Anfield as a result of his tireless work rate, he has failed to find the net with the same regularity in England.
Saturday’s 88th minute winner was the Dutchman’s first goal for Liverpool since the club’s League Cup victory over Brighton back in September. He hopes he can now re-find his scoring touch, although he admits he will first have to earn a regular starting spot.
"I've been used to playing every game for the past 10 years of my career but it's the manager's decision and you have to respect that, especially when the manager's name is Kenny Dalglish,” Kuyt told the club’s official website.
"I have to prove myself to him on the pitch and in training.
"I've been playing more and more now since the start of the year. I've felt stronger and for me it was just a matter of time before I scored again.
"In life we all have ups and downs. Last season when Kenny arrived I played every game and scored more than 10 goals under him.
“This season I have struggled a bit but I'm sure if I keep playing like this I know I will score more goals."
After his recent struggles, Kuyt says Saturday’s winner felt even better than the hat-trick he scored against United in the Premier League in March last year.
"It was a great feeling when it hit the net, especially as I haven't been scoring many," he added.
"Last year to score a hat-trick against United was something really special. But to score so late with the stakes so high to win us this game was maybe even better.”
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