As Liverpool enjoy their most successful Premier League campaign to date, red-hot in terms of form, and just three points behind league leaders Manchester United, Dirk Kuyt believes that the key to their progress is that the team have matured together over a long period of time.
“This team is getting better and better and I think the most important thing is that we have spent a long period playing with each other,” the Dutchman told the official Liverpool website.
“We have made a lot of progress this season. We’ve shown we can beat the best, even in the most difficult of situations. We’ve proven we can compete with the other top teams.
“We have played really well over the last couple of months. I think we have shown that we are enjoying our football and we’re very hungry to take the lead in the league.”
The Holland international was signed by Benitez in 2006, first operating as a centre forward, but now being dispatched as more of a right winger. Kuyt believes that being given the opportunity to play in new positions only strengthens his game as a player.
“This season I am playing in a different role to the one I played in during my first two years here. Now I am playing more on the right, but I am enjoying myself there,” he went on.
“Of course you have to try and develop because this club is progressing every year, so you have to work really hard in training and in games to try and become a better player.”
Having recently extended his contract at Anfield, following the lead of his gaffer and skipper, Kuyt is delighted with the commitment shown by the staff at the club.
“I think it’s important for Steven [Gerrard] and the manager [Rafa Benitez] to have extended their contracts because they are vital to the club,” he added.
“There are not many better clubs than Liverpool. I’ve been here for almost three years and I’ve had a great time, playing with the best players in the world.
“Once you sign for Liverpool, you want to stay here as long as possible.”
Stephen Crawford, Goal.com