Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Liverpool FC golden boy Dirk Kuyt delighted with winning Carling Cup medal


Dirk Kuyt is mobbed after scoring in the Carling Cup final
LIVERPOOL FC forward Dirk Kuyt said his Carling Cup winners medal felt like an Olympic Gold medal.The Dutchman scored to put LFC into a 2-1 lead in extra  time and then coolly netted from the spot.Having lost the Champions League final  with Liverpool in 2007 and the World Cup final  with Holland in 2010, Kuyt was relieved to  finally get his hands on some silverware.

“I’ve been at Liverpool nearly six years now  and I came to Anfield to win trophies,” he  said. “All that matters is trophies and this feels  like a gold medal.

“If you want to be remembered as a football  player you need to win trophies. You can say  the Carling Cup is not the most important  trophy but for me today it is the most  important one.

“I lost the Champions League final and lost  the World Cup final so to win the Carling Cup  means something very special for me. I am  really pleased with the performance we gave  and hopefully we will back here at Wembley  again soon.

“Wembley is now a special place for me. To  be involved in a final here,  score and play an important  part is something I won’t forget  for the rest of my life.”Kuyt believes Liverpool’s  “belief” pulled them through  as they recovered from missing  their first two penalties  through Steven Gerrard and  Charlie Adam to finally  overcome the plucky  Championship club.

“We never stopped believing  and that is why we have won  the trophy,” said Kuyt.
“Even when Steven missed  his penalty I said to him we  would still get back into it as  there were a number of  penalties to be taken and we have a fantastic  goalkeeper. I knew when it came to my penalty  that I had to score.
“It was just unbelievable really. To score a  goal in extra time, you think you are going to  have a great chance to settle the game.“To score that goal was amazing and then  when I made that clearance off the line I  thought ‘this is it’ but all credit to Cardiff.
“They worked really hard and scored the  equaliser just before the end of extra time and  we had to take penalties.
 “The most important thing in football is  belief and we showed today we have that in the  squad. It’s a great day for us. I believed in  myself and I think the team believed in  themselves as well.

“I had my family and friends over from  Holland, and I think there were maybe 35  people over today. It was a great day for them,  and a great day for us.”...More>>

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