Belfast Telegraph

Kuyt targets European spot

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has flourished during manager Kenny Dalglish's short spell in charge but he is more concerned with the team's performance rather than personal gain.

The Holland international's goal in Saturday's 5-0 rout of Birmingham was his seventh in six Barclays Premier League matches and his 13th for the Reds this season. Kuyt is only two short of his best goalscoring campaign in a red shirt two years ago but he is more focused on helping the team secure European football next term.

"I am normally not the kind of player who has a personal target," said the 30-year-old, who recently signed a new contract at Anfield. "I would much more appreciate it if we went for a European spot, but it is nice to be involved in important moments."

He added: "As a forward player you want to score goals and I am very satisfied with the way things are going. That is also down to the manager, who gives me a lot of confidence - it doesn't matter whether I play on the right or up front I am just enjoying my time and hopefully I can score a few more.

"The most important thing for us is to look to ourselves and if we win our own games we will get closer and closer (to fifth-placed Tottenham). Spurs have to come to Anfield and that will be interesting but it will only be interesting if we win our own games.

"Hopefully we can keep going and the focus at the moment is on Newcastle (next Sunday)."

Saturday's hat-trick hero Maxi Rodriguez reflected on his personal highlight since joining from Atletico Madrid in January 2009.

"I think it's more special because we scored a lot of goals, it was my first hat-trick for the club and also because I scored it at Anfield in front of our fans," said the Argentinian.

"It is definitely a great feeling but it is not just about me scoring the goals - the team played really well and that is the most important thing.

"The whole ground gave me a reception I will never forget and Kenny also said he was very happy with my performance, so I have to be delighted with what was a perfect day for me."

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