Dirk Kuyt has paid tribute to Liverpool fans after finally landing his first piece of silverware since moving to Anfield almost six years ago.

The 31-year-old signed for the Reds from Feynoord in the summer of 2006, a mere two months after Liverpool had triumphed over West Ham in the final of the FA Cup.

Few would have imagined it would have taken so long for the Dutchman to end his trophy drought, but he played a significant hand in ensuring the Reds took the Carling Cup back to Merseyside.

Kuyt came on as a substitute during extra time and had given Kenny Dalglish's side a 2-1 lead over Cardiff with only 12 minutes remaining.

Cardiff, however, restored parity as extra time drew to a close, and the two sides were forced to contest a penalty shootout, which Liverpool won in dramatic fashion.

And Kuyt was overjoyed with the result - both for himself and his teammates, but also for the loyal Liverpool supporters.

"The fans were unbelievable. They were right behind us," Kuyt told Liverpoolfc.tv.

"It was a tough game. Finals are always difficult but the crowd was always behind us, so thanks again!

"I'm very proud. I'm very proud to play for Liverpool but to not get a medal on my neck was something that was impossible.

"I'm very happy now to get one and hopefully there's many more to follow."

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