Wednesday 16 November 2011
Liverpool midfielder Dirk Kuyt is desperate to end his long wait for a trophy at Anfield - and avoid an unwanted record.
The Dutchman arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2006, shortly after the Reds lifted the FA Cup, and has yet to win any silverware with the Club.
If Liverpool endure another barren season, Kuyt will become the longest-serving Liverpool player in 40 years to have never won a trophy at the Club.
"In all my time as a Liverpool player I have been close to winning trophies," he said. "There was the Champions League final, the semi-final and coming second in the Premier League.
"We have been close but it is now time to get some silverware.
"Not being involved in Europe is a major blow to the Club so the Carling Cup is a great trophy to win because we're all desperate to win something.
"Last season was such a disappointment, this one is all about improvement and we can achieve that by doing well in this competition.
"The Carling Cup is being taken very seriously and hopefully we can use the bad taste we have in our mouth, because of our frustration in the league, in a positive way."