Kuyt, who scored his seventh goal in six Barclays Premier League matches in victory over Birmingham City, believes the good times are just around the corner.
"It has a bit of the same feeling as 2009 when we were really close and finished second," said the Dutchman.
"I had the feeling that if we made a few good signings we would be right up there and that is exactly the case now.
"If we can add a few other good players I think we can compete with the best.
"We are close but everyone is thinking we have to move forward and we have to get better.
"Hopefully we have learned from 2009 and if we can move forward we will be there and the way I see it that will happen."