Kuyt: Win is career high
AFTER a prolonged absence of silverware in his Liverpool career, Dirk Kuyt says even World Cup success could not eclipse the euphoria he felt at Wembley on Sunday.
The Dutch striker has suffered despair since he moved to Anfield shortly after the club's last Cup success in 2006.
He scored but was on the losing side in the 2007 Champions League final, and was part of the Holland team beaten by Spain in the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa.
Asked if the day genuinely meant more than his World Cup experience, Kuyt said: "Yes. If you want to be remembered as a football player, you have to win trophies.
"People can speak about the Carling Cup as a 'Mickey Mouse' trophy but, for me, it is the most important one.
"This is a gold medal. I lost the Champions League final and the World Cup final but to win the Carling Cup is something very special to me."
As the floodlights were dimmed and the clean-up operation began at Wembley, Kuyt returned to the pitch with his young family to fully appreciate a moment for which he has waited his entire career.
With his 32nd birthday this summer, time was running out for the Dutchman.
He said: "There were maybe 10 of my family who came down into the dressing room to have their photos taken with the trophy. All in all, there were around 45 friends and family over from Holland. It was great.
"To score the goal was amazing and then to clear the ball off the line 30 seconds before the end of the game, I thought, 'This is it'. Then we needed the belief to win on penalties. This trophy has a major importance for the future of Liverpool Football Club.
"The way we won this trophy -- by beating Chelsea away, beating Stoke City away, beating Manchester City over two legs -- we showed we can compete with the best and this is a massive step forward for the club."