Kuyt high after scoring run

The Holland international struck his eighth goal in the last seven

matches in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Newcastle, becoming only the

seventh Reds player to score in four successive Premier League

games. Two of those may have been from the penalty spot but a look

at his wider record – he has 12 goals in his last 13 games in all

competitions, including two internationals – backs up the player’s

belief that he has rediscovered the form which persuaded then

manager Rafael Benitez to pay Feyenoord £10million back in the

summer of 2006. “The last time I had a run like this must have been

in Holland, where I scored quite a few,” said the hard-working

Dutchman who, despite turning 31 this July, was given a new

contract at Anfield last month in recognition of his efforts. “At

the moment things are going well, I have scored in the last four

games now, which is nice to do. “My confidence is high, but that is

also to do with the management and my team-mates. “I think the

confidence of every player is high at the moment, because everyone

is doing well. “It is the same for me, I am feeling much better

than I did at the beginning of the season, and I am enjoying

playing football again.” Despite being prolific in Dutch football,

Kuyt was converted to a right-sided midfielder by Benitez because

of his outstanding work ethic and has had limited opportunities to

play as a centre-forward. The departure of Fernando Torres in

January and injury to £35million club record signing Andy

Carroll has afforded him more chances up front and he has seized

the opening – with his partnership with Liverpool’s other transfer

window arrival Luis Suarez already shown signs of being one worth

pursuing. Suarez won the second-half penalty from which Kuyt scored

and the Dutchman repaid the favour by laying on the pass for the

Uruguay international to score the third against the Magpies and

secure a win which lifted Liverpool up to fifth. “It is great to

have him here. Luis is doing very well so far, and I am very happy

to play alongside him,” added Kuyt. “It is great to have a player

like him in the team. He is always moving, always trying to create

something, and the moment he gives you the ball he is already on

the move again to get it back. “It makes it so much easier for you.

“Everyone could see we had problems earlier in the season but then

things changed and everyone can see that when you add two quality

players to a team, then things can change.”