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By ESPN Staff

Kuyt aiming to end career at Liverpool

Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt would be happy to commit the rest of his career to Liverpool.

The 26-year-old only joined the Anfield club in the summer for £9million on a four-year contract, but has already intimated that he would be happy to stay for much longer.

He said: 'You never know what is going to happen in football but it would be perfect if I could stay here for a long, long time.

'I'm really happy here and I'm not the kind of player who wants to move to a new club every two years. I'm at the best club in England and one of the biggest in the world so why would I want anything else?'

Kuyt told www.liverpoolfc.tv: 'It's also great for me that I have such a good relationship with the supporters. The respect we have for each other means a lot.

'Everyone inside the club has tried to help me and the fans have been fantastic. The people near to where I live have made it easy for me and my family to settle in a new country, and so I'd like to thank everybody for making my early months here so enjoyable.'

The former Feyenoord forward has scored eight goals for the club this term, and is aiming for the 18 target boss Rafael Benitez set for him when he signed.

Kuyt and company are aiming to address their record against the rest of the Premiership's big four when they meet Chelsea on Saturday and start to address a problem that sees them with only two wins in 15 league games against top clubs Manchester United, Arsenal and the champions since Benitez took over.

Kuyt said: 'We have all three of those clubs still to come to Anfield. Everyone knows we have struggled away from home against them this season.

'Now is our chance to make up for that and I am confident that we will.

'We've been playing well in the Premiership recently, haven't conceded many goals in a good run over Christmas and if we can play as well as we know we can, we are capable of beating all of those sides.'

Mark Gonzalez is back in contention for the senior side having made a quick recovery from a shin injury, while Boudewijn Zenden is back in full training after a knee problem.

Midfielder Darren Potter has completed a £200,000 move to Wolves while Benitez is still hopeful the club can persuade FIFA to allow them to sign West Ham's Javier Mascherano on loan despite the Argentinian having already played for two clubs in the past year.

Liverpool are appealing against the ruling, with Benitez saying: 'We are trying to find a solution with FIFA and believe we have a good case to appeal for the transfer to go ahead.

'People say we can't do this deal, but why are there so many other examples? I know of one player who played for four clubs in a year.

'There needs to be a solution and I still have confidence the player can join us. There are rules in football, but they are not laws that can't be challenged. The Bosman case proved that.'