Dirk Kuyt may not have scored but he could not have been happier with the part he played in Liverpool FC's 2-0 win against PSV Eindhoven.
Kuyt was Liverpool's vital provider at Anfield as he set up both second half-strikes for Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch, ensuring the five-time European champions will end up top of UEFA Champions League Group C, regardless of the outcome of their Matchday 6 trip to Galatasaray SK on 5 December. "I think we deserved the win," said Kuyt. "They were both good goals and now we know we will finish first in the group so it gives us a great feeling and we can be relaxed going to Galatasaray."
Asked if it was strange to come up against a Dutch side so soon after his €15m summer move from Feyenoord, Kuyt replied: "Well, it's good to beat them! This result will give us a lot of confidence because PSV are a great team defensively. They have only conceded six goals in the Eredivisie and they are also doing very well in their away games in the UEFA Champions League. We have seen that over the last few years in Europe - they played in a semi-final against AC Milan two years ago and they were really close to getting to the final."
With a broad grin, Kuyt contemplated switching on his mobile phone to receive the congratulatory messages he is certain to receive from friends and colleagues back at Feyenoord. "The supporters and the players will be really happy that we beat PSV because they are taking the lead in Holland now and maybe they will lose again at the weekend," he said.
Feyenoord coach Erwin Koeman would surely love to have Kuyt and his goals to call upon again, though his brother Ronald Koeman backed the Netherlands striker's decision to move to England. "Kuyt is a good Dutchman and we are used to adapting well," the PSV coach said. "He is a great player and he makes Liverpool a stronger team with him in their attack. He is still young and this is his first experience outside of Holland at a big club like Liverpool. He will become better and gain more experience, so I think it was a very good transfer for him."
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