Euro hero Kuyt setting records

Dirk Kuyt scored his 12th European goal for Liverpool last night, to take him level on goals with legendary midfielder Terry McDermott and only two away from Ian Rush, who has 14 European goals.

Kuyt scored the only goal of the game as the Reds got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory over Hungarian side Debrecen at Anfield.

Liverpool 1-0 Debrecen: Dirk on target

It was Kuyt’s third goal in all competitions this season and the Dutchman says he’s delighted he’s doing great things for the club.

“I didn’t know about the record but I do now,” he told the club’s official web site.

“It’s always nice to be important for the club, especially when it comes to Europe.

Champions League games are always special, so I’m happy I scored again on Wednesday and now I’ll try to keep going.

“What I would like to do is become more and more important for the team and try to do my best. I’m happy with my performances so far this season but I need to keep going.

“I’m feeling really confident. I’ve played the last two games in a slightly different position but for me that doesn’t matter. I just want to be important for the team.”

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina was full of praise for Kuyt, who struck on the stroke of half-time to give the Reds the advantage.

“It seems like it’s his competition,” said Reina. “He always scores in the Champions League, he’s got into the habit and let’s hope he keeps on scoring a lot of goals. He did a good job tonight.”