Kuyt hopes for cup final goal
Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt is hopeful he can repeat his knack of scoring in the big games when it comes to next month's FA Cup final.
The Holland international has found the net in both finals the club have been involved in during that time. His late effort in the 2007 Champions League final was not enough to prevent AC Milan gaining revenge for their Istanbul defeat two years previously but his extra-time strike in February's Carling Cup helped the side to beat Cardiff on penalties.
"I am proud that, after the Champions League final and the final of the Carling Cup, for the third time I am with Liverpool in a final," the Dutchman said. "I will do everything to ensure that in the third final I prove my worth with a goal."
Kuyt, 31, has found first team starts harder to come by this season and did not even make it off the bench in the semi-final against Everton at Wembley on Saturday.
However, he feels he may still have a part to play against Chelsea on May 5.
"It is a disappointment that I did not play [against Everton]," he told the Liverpool Echo. "I expected to come on and you hope to be the first to come on but that was not to be.
"But there have been some important moments for me in the FA Cup, such as my goal against Manchester United (which was the late winner in round four)."
Scoring goals, or rather failing to, has been the side's downfall in the Barclays Premier League this season.
The Reds have found the target just 40 times in 33 league matches, which puts them on a par with 13th-placed West Brom although is slightly better than Everton, immediately above them in seventh.
Conversely they have hit the frame of the goal 29 times in all competitions this season.