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Kuyt targets a hat trick of cup final goals

LIVERPOOL forward Dirk Kuyt is hopeful he can repeat his knack of scoring in the big games when it comes to next month's FA Cup final.

The Holland international may not have been hugely prolific during his six-year stay at Anfield but he has found the net in both finals the club have been involved in during that time.

His late effort in the 2007 Champions League final was not enough to prevent AC Milan gaining revenge for their Istanbul defeat two years previously but his extra-time strike in February's Carling Cup helped the side to beat Cardiff on penalties.

He may have missed out on an appearance in last weekend's semi-final against Everton but he backs himself to perform in the big games.

"I am proud that, after the Champions League final and the final of the Carling Cup, for the third time I am with Liverpool in a final," the Dutchman said. "I will do everything to ensure that in the third final I prove my worth with a goal."

Kuyt, 31, has found first team starts harder to come by this season. However, he feels he may still have a part to play against Chelsea on May 5.

Scoring goals, or rather failing to, has been the side's downfall in the Premier League this season.

The Reds have found the target just 40 times in 33 league matches, which puts them on a par with 13th-placed West Brom. Conversely they have hit the frame of the goal 29 times in all competitions this season.

Luis Suarez is the club's leading scorer with 14 in the current campaign but has come in for criticism for not being prolific as he was prior to his £22.8million move from Ajax.

However, he argues that the team's form in front of goal comes down to fractions of degrees.

"When you shoot, you can look for the spaces between the posts and the goalkeeper," Suarez said.

"But instinctively you usually aim for the corners, which means that there's a chance the ball might hit the post. Maybe next season, all the ones that hit the post and come out may go in."