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Dutchman: Liverpool not satisfied

Kuyt targets success in two more competitions

By | 2nd March 2012

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has urged his teammates to put a successful Carling Cup weekend behind them and focus on two bigger competitions ahead of them in order to meet the ambitious standards of the club.

Kuyt scored a phenomenal extra-time goal en route to the Reds’ triumph over Cardiff City on Sunday and remained in London for Holland’s 3-2 friendly win over England.

The Dutchman has since returned to Merseyside and suggests that focus will be the key to finishing in the top four of the Barclays Premier League while also chasing the FA Cup – a competition in which is goal earlier this season famously eliminated bitter rivals Manchester United at Anfield.

“I’m still feeling very good. I’ve been in London for a couple of days because obviously we played the final on Sunday and then on Wednesday I played the friendly against England,” Kuyt started off at Liverpool’s official website.

The 31-year old added: “It was great to be there, but it’s even better to come back. I’ve still got a great feeling, not only me but all of the team. It gave us a great buzz and everyone is looking forward to the weekend.

“The mood coming back to Melwood was obviously very good. We were all in touch by phone and texts, but it’s good to see each other again and the mood in the dressing room is very good.

“We were all delighted to get the trophy, we were all desperate to win one and hopefully we can win one more.”

The thrilling penalty shoot-out win over Cardiff merely five days ago brought an end to the Reds’ six-year trophy drought and proved to be an excellent bonding experience for a squad that is now determined to return to the UEFA Champions League next season.

Kuyt elaborated: “We’ll take all the positives from the final, but it was a few days ago and you have to move on. You’re never satisfied if you’re playing for this club – you always want to get more.

“We are still alive in two competitions – the FA Cup and the race for fourth spot. If we win on Saturday (against Arsenal) we will be right back in it, so we know what we have to do. The team have shown confidence over the last couple of weeks and months. Everyone can see we are progressing in every game we play.”

Tomorrow’s early kick-off against the Gunners – whose own trophy drought continues well into a frustrating seventh year – will be critical for the Reds as a win would take them within four of the North Londoners and a defeat would result in the current seven-point deficit swelling to double digits.

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