Kuyt focused on top four challenge

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Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt admits he’s still on a high after last Sunday’s Carling Cup win against Cardiff – but is focused on a return to Premier League action this weekend.

The Reds won a penalty shoot-out against the Bluebirds at Wembley last weekend, following up their emphatic 6-1 FA Cup victory against Brighton a fortnight ago.

But their form in the top flight hasn’t been so good, drawing against Tottenham Hotspur last time out in the division after their defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Kuyt knows that, despite already claiming some silverware, one of the main aims for the season is to finish fourth, and that could require a victory against Arsenal in Saturday’s early kick-off.

"I'm still feeling very good. I've been in London for a couple of days because obviously we played the final on Sunday and then on Wednesday I played the friendly against England,” the Dutchman told the official Liverpool website.

"It was great to be there, but it's even better to come back. I've still got a great feeling, not only me but all of the team. It gave us a great buzz and everyone is looking forward to the weekend.

"The mood coming back to Melwood was obviously very good. We were all in touch by phone and texts, but it's good to see each other again and the mood in the dressing room is very good. We were all delighted to get the trophy, we were all desperate to win one and hopefully we can win one more."

Arsene Wenger’s side currently hold a seven-point gap over the Merseysiders in the race for the final Champions League qualifying spot, with Chelsea and Newcastle United also in the mix for fourth this season.

And the hard work has already started once again on the training ground in preparation for the arrival of the Gunners, with little time to dwell on what has been a fantastic week for Kuyt.

"We'll take all the positives from the final, but it was a few days ago and you have to move on. You're never satisfied if you're playing for this club - you always want to get more. That's what we want and we're all looking forward to the game,” he added.

"We are still alive in two competitions - the FA Cup and the race for fourth spot. If we win on Saturday we will be right back in it, so we know what we have to do. The team have shown confidence over the last couple of weeks and months. Everyone can see we are progressing in every game we play.

"To win a trophy means a lot for the football club, for the fans and also for the players. Hopefully we can take this with us into the next games and the rest of the season. Hopefully we can take another three points against Arsenal."

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