Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt says he’s happy with the decision he made last summer to stay at Anfield and is excited by the prospect of what can be achieved under Kenny Dalglish.
Kuyt had been linked with a move to Inter Milan, where former Reds manager Rafael Benitez had taken over the defending Champions League holders.
But Kuyt wanted to win trophies at Liverpool. And with the change in ownership, he says he can see things beginning to move in that direction.
“I wanted to stay at Liverpool but I also wanted to challenge for trophies,” he said.
“You want to see the club moving forward and that is exactly what happened after the first half of the season.
“Even to come from a very tough position to finish in sixth position was very promising. But to have the feeling that everyone at the club was working very, very hard to get it back where it belongs [was important].”
Despite the Reds’ strong second half of the campaign, they will not embark on a European campaign for the first time since 1999/00.
That’s something that Kuyt aims to change, although he says that the depth of the Barclays Premier League will make it all the more difficult.
“But even to finish sixth did not leave us satisfied," he added. "We at least have to be challenging for Champions League football and most of the lads have played in the competition and want to get back there.
“I think that has to be our aim, it is difficult because not only do we have the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea but now we have Manchester City and Spurs.
“It will be a hard challenge but the least we have to aim for is Champions League football.”