Alonso hails Kuyt's contribution

03 April 2008
Xabi Alonso believes Dirk Kuyt's goal at Arsenal will prove vital in helping Liverpool qualify for the Champions League semi-final. The Dutchman scored to cancel out Emmanuel Adebayor's opener and earn the Merseysiders a 1-1 draw. And Alonso feels the away goal will be crucial."The game was very tough, as it always is when we play away at Arsenal. And that is why we can now be positive about the tie," the Spanish midfielder explained.

"In the Champions League it is fundamental to try to get an away goal and we have done that. I think Kuyt's goal will be very important in helping us qualify.

"We had a game-plan in London to stop the speed of Arsenal and I think we did it quite well."

Alonso was also full of praise for lone striker Fernando Torres who ran tirelessly with little reward at The Emirates.

"Torres made the Arsenal defenders work really hard and that was good for the team," he added.