Kuyt confident despite Liverpool goal drought

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt remains philosophical about his own barren spell as goals remain hard to come by for the rest of the team.

The Reds have scored just 18 times in 15 Premier League matches with leading scorer Luis Suarez ending more than two months without a league goal with the winner against QPR at the weekend.

Kuyt, who was Liverpool's top scorer last season with 15, has one Carling Cup goal to his name this campaign but has not found the net in the league since May. He insists the lack of goals for him and the rest of the team is not a worry as generally their overall form has been good, which is reflected in statistics which show they have hit the post or crossbar 14 times this season.

"I haven't scored for a while but we all feel like we are close to it and we have the confidence to keep going and soon we will score more of our chances," said the Netherlands international. "The last six months of last season we were all scoring goals.

"Sometimes in football it is like this, you have to keep working hard and it will come. Last season I was scoring five or six games in a row and everything I touched was going in. Now sometimes you are a little bit unlucky to be just in the wrong position or you just miss a chance – that is football.

"I will work hard and wait until the time comes. I am sure with the way this team plays everyone up front will score loads of goals. Every player in the squad has shown they can score goals – Stewart Downing, Craig Bellamy, Andy Carroll, Luis, myself and Maxi Rodriguez."

Kuyt said the confidence within the squad was reflected by their reaction to the 1-0 at home to QPR, which ended a run of four successive home draws.

"It was not a relief, just disappointment that we only scored once because we created enough chance in the first 30 minutes to be two or three up," he added. "If you win a game and can be disappointed you didn't score enough goals that is the spirit you need.

"Sometimes a bit of luck is what you need. We are top of the table when it comes to hitting the post and crossbar.

"But to win games that is not enough and we are just trying to change that because we believe in ourselves."

Manager Kenny Dalglish is also focusing on performances rather than the cold, hard statistics of goals scored. His side have the joint best defensive record in the league and he remains confident the team are continuing to move in the right direction.

"We always want to improve on the goals scored," he said. "Eventually we are going to get the goals our play deserves."

Kuyt also praised the "great professionalism" of Suarez after the Uruguay international put personal controversies behind him to be Liverpool's match-winner again. The 24-year-old scored his first Premier League goal since October against QPR to end that run of draws.

During that period Suarez has racked up two Football Association misconduct charges, one for making alleged racist remarks to Manchester United defender Patrice Evra with the other coming this week after he apparently made an offensive gesture to the crowd after last week's defeat at Fulham.

Liverpool were also charged following the Fulham game with failing to control their players after Jay Spearing was sent off. Both the club and Suarez have been given an extension to yesterday's 4pm deadline to respond to the charges relating to the game. Suarez has been fully supported by Dalglish, who believes his player has earned an unwarranted reputation for going down too easily which has resulted in opponents unfairly targeting him.

However, Suarez put all that behind him to put in another impressive all-round performance which was capped by his 47th-minute close-range header against QPR.

"For all of us it is important to score a goal but especially for Luis, who played really well. It was good to see him scoring again," said Kuyt.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before