Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt is hoping to end the club's trophy drought by capturing the Carling Cup.

The Dutchman is yet to win a trophy with The Reds, having joined after the 2006 FA Cup success against West Ham United.

And the 31-year-old reveals he's desperate to experience the winning feeling at Anfield.

“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 some silverware.

"Last season was such a disappointment, this one is all about improvement and we can achieve that by doing well in the Carling Cup."

Liverpool's march to Wembley continues with a trip to Stoke City on Wednesday, scene of one of only two defeats this season.

Kuyt's side dominated for long periods at the Britannia Stadium and were unfortunate not to claim a point against Tony Pulis' side, with Jonathan Walters' penalty separating the two sides.

"It is one of the most difficult games in the league," he added.

"They are very strong, but we can be a strong, physical team as well. If we create as many chances as we have been doing we will be happy, but the only thing that has to change is the number of goals we score. That means we have to be more ruthless.

"We're not the only team that struggles there. It is because they are such a strong, physical team."

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