KENNY DALGLISH is delighted with the purple patch Dirk Kuyt is enjoying – but insists the Dutchman offers Liverpool a lot more than just goals.
The 30-year-old, who has agreed a contract extension to remain at Anfield until 2013, is the Reds’ top scorer with 11 goals this season.
His cool finish in Monday’s 3-0 victory over Manchester City was his ninth goal in his last 10 games for club and country.
Kuyt has already equalled his tally from the last campaign and Dalglish is hoping for more ahead of tomorrow’s crunch trip to Arsenal.
“We are delighted for anyone who is scoring goals and Dirk is doing a great job for us,” he said.
“If you are scoring it gives your confidence a boost and some people like to be judged on the number of goals they get.
“Dirk’s a good finisher and it’s a great return for him but it’s not just his goals which have been rewarding for me.
“It’s the honesty and endeavour he shows every time he steps out on to that pitch. He’s a great pro and you always know what you are going to get from him. He fights for everything.
“Hopefully he can keep this scoring run going.”
Kuyt’s contract was due to expire next summer but he jumped at the chance to stay for another year.
“I am very happy,” he said. “We have been working on something, but always with the intention to reaching an agreement.
“I must say that all conversations were conducted in a friendly atmosphere.
“It fits perfectly with the feeling here at the club. From the very first day I walked in, I felt welcome. That feeling has never left.
“We have become stronger after attracting Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll. The group is fit and eager.”
Dalglish is expected to name an unchanged side at the Emirates as Liverpool look to keep their hopes of qualifying for Europe alive.
The Reds haven’t won away to Arsenal since February 2000 when Titi Camara scored the only goal at Highbury.
But the manager insists history will count for nothing tomorrow.
“I don’t think previous results on any ground affect anyone. Whatever has happened when Liverpool have gone to the Emirates in the past is irrelevant,” Dalglish said.
“Nobody will be thinking about that on Sunday afternoon. It will come down to how we play on the day.
“We’re risen to the occasion many times and we need to try to build on the win over Man City.
“All along we’ve been delighted with the players – with their attitude and the way they have gone about their training.
“Sometimes they will win, sometimes they will lose but it won’t be through a lack of trying.
“I’ve never had to question the effort and application of the players.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool Academy youngsters Raheem Sterling, Adam Morgan, Brad Smith and Matty Regan have been named in the England Under-17s squad for May’s European Championships in Serbia.