Kuyt aims to prove Reds worth

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Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt is hoping his winner against Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round can lead to more first team chances at Anfield.

The Dutch hitman struck for the first time since the League Cup victory over Brighton & Hove Albion back in September, and proved the difference in a 2-1 win against the Red Devils on Merseyside after Daniel Agger and Park Ji-Sung traded first-half blows.

A regular under previous managers at the club, Kuyt has been forced to fight for his place in the team under Kenny Dalglish, and is confident of proving his ability to the Scot on both the training ground and the pitch.

"I've been used to playing every game for the past 10 years of my career but it's the manager's decision and you have to respect that, especially when the manager's name is Kenny Dalglish," he told the Reds' official website.

"I have to prove myself to him on the pitch and in training. I've been playing more and more now since the start of the year. I've felt stronger and for me it was just a matter of time before I scored again.

"In life we all have ups and downs. Last season when Kenny arrived I played every game and scored more than 10 goals under him. This season I have struggled a bit, but I'm sure if I keep playing like this I know I will score more goals."

Kuyt has a track-record of scoring goals against Sir Alex Ferguson's side, having hit a hat-trick in last season's 3-1 win at Anfield.

And that feeling of scoring a winner in-front of the Kop is one that Kuyt is hoping to experience a few more times this term.

"It was a great feeling when it hit the net, especially as I haven't been scoring many," he added.

"Last year to score a hat-trick against United was something really special. But to score so late with the stakes so high to win us this game was maybe even better."

The 84-cap Dutch international was also drawn on Andy Carroll, who gave an impressive performance despite failing to trouble the scorers once again.

Pressure is on last January's £35 million signing to hit the goal trail sooner rather than later for the club, but Kuyt believes the England striker offers a lot more than that for Liverpool.

"I thought Andy played a great game and he worked really hard," Kuyt concluded.

"I know how difficult it is to be alone up front but he battled throughout the game. He was important for us for both of our goals.

"The header for the last goal was something I had told him. I said, 'Win the header and flick it on' and he did that perfectly. When things aren't going so well you just have to keep working hard. We are all in this together."

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