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No crisis of confidence here - Kuyt

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Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt insists confidence remains high in the squad despite three successive draws.

Just two points from their last two Barclays Premier League matches - the third draw was Sunday's FA Cup fourth round tie with Everton - has allowed Manchester United to take over at the top of the table. After scoring eight goals in two matches against Bolton and Newcastle just after Christmas, Rafael Benitez's side have found the net just twice in three matches against Premier League opposition.

"Confidence is okay. We know we have the ability to win every game but sometimes you are unlucky," said the Holland international.

Both goals came from Steven Gerrard and the rest of the squad are struggling to supplement their captain's efforts, with striker Fernando Torres still working his way back to full fitness after hamstring trouble.

However, Kuyt believes the situation is not as bad as some critics are making out.

He added: "This is football. We just have to keep going and look forward.

"We dropped points that we didn't want to do - because if you are Liverpool you want to win every game - but there is no time to stand still and think about things.

"We showed against Everton we were the better team but sometimes we have to kill the game and we know we can.

"I'm sure it will come, it came before. Sometimes you are unlucky and the next time you will be lucky.

"We are still in the FA Cup, we are still near the top of the league and we are still in the Champions League so we are doing very well and we have to stay positive."

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