Kuyt targets Europa League glory

The Dutchman savoured his appearance as substitute against Utrecht,

the team with whom he began his professional career. Although Kuyt

saw less than 20 minutes of action, he welcomed the warm reception

from supporters of his old team – and looked ahead to a potential

glory run in Europe with his current side. Unbeaten Liverpool

finished top of Group K after two wins and four draws, and Kuyt

told Channel Five he hopes this will be a season when the Reds can

bring silverware to Anfield. He said: “We have a couple of targets

and obviously we like to win trophies. “I think we have a very good

chance to win this trophy. “It’s good to be top of the group, and

we’ll wait and see who our next opponent is.” While Liverpool await

that news from Friday’s draw, Utrecht’s European campaign is over.

Kuyt, though, was delighted to hear the travelling contingent from

Holland cheering him as he appeared off the bench in the 73rd

minute. “That’s great,” he said. “The supporters from Utrecht were

unbelievable, just like the Liverpool supporters. “After seven

years, to play against them and get a crowd like this it’s

unbelievable and showed a lot of respect, and I’m very thankful for

that.” Kuyt stressed he understood manager Roy Hodgson to start the

match with him on the bench tonight. “We play a lot of important

games this month so he has to make his choices,” Kuyt remarked.

“Obviously (the Premier League match against Fulham on) Saturday is

another very important game for us so he decided to rest me.”