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Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Liverpool striker Kuyt: I can be Kop legend

Dirk Kuyt believes he can step into Robbie Fowler's boots and become a consistent goalscorer for Liverpool.

The Dutchman scored 14 times last term, but the 9million striker aims to top the 20-goal mark this time around.

He said: 'Players like Robbie and Michael Owen are known as some of the best strikers Liverpool has ever had, and it's good for me to be able to have the chance to join those names.

'I want to be seen as a Liverpool goalscorer, and now I can't wait to show it.'

Kuyt has potentially two new strike partners following the arrivals of Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin, who have effectively replaced Fowler and Craig Bellamy, who both left Anfield this summer.

And Kuyt believes that having a full pre-season can only benefit his game, after his transfer from Feyenoord disrupted his preparations last year.

Talking to the Liverpool Echo, he said: 'I'm sure I will get better this season. Last year I didn't have a full pre-season or know the rest of the lads or the club so well.

'Now I'm more settled and any difficulties when starting at a new club are behind me. I can focus 100% on my football and I have a good feeling about this season.'

He added: 'I scored a lot of goals in Holland, but England is totally different because it's so much more difficult.

'I believe I can do here what I did in Holland, but I also think I can do more for the team than just score goals. It's important for me to do whatever job is asked, working hard or making assists.

'Last season was different for me, getting used to different partners in attack and also playing against better defenders.

'The Premier League has some of the best defenders in the world and you need to get used to that, but I'm looking forward to this season even more than last.'

Kuyt also plans to become more adaptable given the varied playing styles among Rafael Benitez's strikeforce this season.

He said: 'Andriy and Fernando are different strikers to Robbie Fowler and Craig, so I may play in a different role.

'Fernando likes to come deeper for the ball, so if I play alongside him there's the chance for me to play higher up the park, which I enjoy. That's more how I was used to playing with Feyenoord.

'It all depends who I play alongside, of course, but what's most important is to play, win the games and help as many players as possible to score goals.'




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