Kuyt aiming to double his Liverpool trophy haul with FA Cup triumph
Published 11:01 17/03/12 By MirrorFootball
Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt ended his trophy-less spell at the club with last month's Carling Cup triumph and he is keen to double his tally quickly.
The Holland international, along with Fabio Aurelio, was the longest-serving player at Anfield never to have won a trophy as he arrived the summer after the Reds lifted the 2006 FA Cup.
His six-year wait for silverware was eventually ended after he scored in the final against Cardiff at Wembley as the side went on to win in a penalty shoot-out.
Now he and his team-mates are already eyeing a swift return to the national stadium ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup quarter-final home tie against Stoke.
"It's a really famous trophy here in England, but it's also a very special trophy in Holland," said the Dutchman.
"Most of the FA Cup ties are live on the TV in Holland and I think it's the same in Europe and even around the world.
"The FA Cup is something special and it would be great to win it."
The squad have had their ups and downs this season, with the latter coming mainly in the Barclays Premier League where they have slipped 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal with 10 matches remaining.
But, despite their difficulties both in this season and previous campaigns, Kuyt insists the players have shown they have the right character to bounce back.
"We've always had a great group," he added.
"It was something that seemed very special to me when I first arrived at the club - the group was always tight and close to each other and would see each other outside of the training ground or after the game.
"We had a great group and now it's the same. If you are clicking well together it will help you in the difficult moments."
Despite their patchy league form, Kuyt is convinced the club remains headed in the right direction.
"We've made a great spell of progress," the 31-year-old told liverpoolfc.tv.
"It's never easy when a lot of new players are coming into the club. You have to fit them into the team.
"But we have a quality group of players. Not only 11 players but a great squad.
"We beat Manchester United, we beat Arsenal, we have beaten Everton twice, but it's true that we dropped too many points in other games and that's what we're trying to change.
"The only thing that we can say to the supporters is that we work every day, really hard in training and we try to win every game possible.
"I'm sure we will be okay in the future; we have just got to keep going like this.
"Sometimes we've been a little bit unlucky. People are talking lots about us hitting the post (21 times) but that's behind us now - you have to look forward."