Inter and Arsenal in the CL last year. Chelsea too if not for a last-minute freak own goal. City, Wigan, and Pompey in the league this season, as well as the CL qualifier against Liege. In tight, big games, and in league comebacks, it's Kuyt with a starring role.
At the same time, Liverpool's spell of draws over the last few months began when Kuyt stopped scoring, with his last league goal before Saturday coming against Bolton on 11/15. He's scored eight goals in six games this season: the only one that didn't end in a win was the collapse against Spurs after Kuyt scored in the 3rd minute. The nearly three month dry spell Kuyt suffered through coincided almost exactly with the drop in Liverpool's form, leading to a league record of four wins and seven draws during that period.
Obviously, the Dutchman's not without his faults, which have been well documented, and aren't cancelled out by playing a key part in a comeback against a relegation candidate. But, in keeping with my paeans to Benitez, there has to be a reason why the manager keeps picking him, and it's not solely because he's willing to run himself into the ground.
I reckon the Portsmouth match might show the way forward, as well as hopefully marking a turning points. Against teams content to shut up shop, Kuyt's best role is probably as a sub. With Benayoun playing so well of late, maybe the preferred right flank against teams with 10 men behind the ball should be Yossi as the starter and Kuyt off the bench. If Benayoun's guile doesn't break them down, maybe Kuyt's energy and industry will when legs are starting to tire. And in games against the likes of United and Chelsea, where Kuyt's been a nailed-on starter, the opposite will be the preferred pairing.