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Liverpool FC's selfless striker is Kuyt from a different cloth
Published : 09 Feb 2010 05:00:00
Dirk Kuyt's derby winner against Everton 300 FOR some it would have been the cue to self-indulge, a chance to play to the gallery and remind the world of their achievement. Dirk Kuyt, though, is cut from a very different cloth. No matter that his header had settled the 213th Merseyside derby or brought up a half century of Liverpool goals, here was a man with no intention of milking the moment. With a game to be won and a season to be saved, Kuyt was simply happy to join a huddle of celebrating team-mates and acknowledge the crowd with a pump of his fist before getting back down to the business of keeping an old foe quiet. 'It's great to have scored 50 goals for the club and it's even nicer that I managed to do it in such a special game,' said Kuyt. 'It means a lot that I have managed to do it but the main thing was for us to beat Everton.' The irony, however, is that Kuyt is a player who deserves his place on centre stage; a model professional blessed with the happy knack of finding the net in crucial games, the Dutchman's return to form could not have been more timely. Having confessed to not being able to sleep after his diving header at Stoke City thudded against a post in the dying seconds last month, his insomnia stemming from the idea he had let Liverpool down, Kuyt has responded in fine style. First came a double in the win over Tottenham Hotspur, then there was an opportunist strike as Bolton Wanderers were swatted aside before that crowning moment against Everton provided further evidence he is flourishing once more. Yet, predictably, Kuyt has no desire to talk about why he has emerged from a pre-Christmas lull to prove himself an able deputy for Fernando Torres - what excites him more is the fact Liverpool's revival suddenly has great momentum. That revival will, of course, be sternly tested at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow night when Arsenal - smarting from back-to-back defeats against Manchester United and Chelsea - look to haul themselves off the canvas. But similar sentiments apply to Liverpool and after becoming a derby hero for the third time - think back to clashes at Goodison Park in October 2007 and last November - Kuyt is anxious for their winning groove to continue.