Dirk Kuyt Leaves Liverpool As The Brendan Rodgers Era Begins

Alan Duffy

4th, June 2012


By Alan Duffy

While a number of Liverpool’s younger stars have been called up for Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad, one older head at Anfield has packed his bags for good. Dutch attacker Dirk Kuyt is the biggest Liverpool name to leave the club under Brendan Rodgers’ new regime, with the hard-working wideman moving to Fenerbahce in a three-year deal.

Kuyt, 31, made over 250 appearances for the Reds, bagging a total of 71 goals in the process. However, it was his never-say-die attitude and ability to make the most of his limited skills which endeared him to the Anfield faithful. A statement from the club said:

“Everyone at Liverpool Football Club would like to wish Dirk all the very best for the future and thank him for his contribution to the club.”

Kuyt himself was keen to play down rumours that the appointment of Rodgers had influenced his departure, saying:

“After six years I am ready for a new challenge.  (The club and supporters) I will always carry in my heart. The new coach has nothing to do with it.”

The experienced Dutchman had been a key part of Liverpool’s (intermittent) success since joining in 2006 from Feyenoord, but with his number of starts for the club starting to dwindle last season, Kuyt has decided to move on. And we shall indeed miss his lung-busting runs, toothy grin and ‘individual’ hairstyle.

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  1. Marquette Jer says:

    Well done, Dirk. We will miss your unending effort and incredible energy. Unfortunately we have been missing it for a while, as others less capbale took your spot in the latter stages of the season.
    Good luck.

  2. usrick says:

    During the 2010-2011 season, with the ownership in a mess, Torres and others terribly off form, the team racked with injuries and relegation a very real threat, Liverpool largely survived on the endless effort and grit of Dirk Kuyt. LFC should arrange a friendly against Fenerbache so the fans can have a chance to thank him for that.

  3. Bella says:

    I agree usrick. After that season Kuyt had, no one in my family could believe it when we saw him sat on the bench for the 2011/2012 opener. The story was exhaustion having an effect, and fair enough as hard as he’d grafted for Liverpool over 5 years as well as throughout the big tournaments with Holland, but a lot of the lads who started were in the same shape, and the adrenaline of opening day would take anyone through. We saw it as a real blow. We will love and defend Kenny forever and a day, but his midfield choices didn’t always make sense this term, regarding Kuyt as one example. I thank him for all he gave the Club and to Liverpool in his charity work – right down to last weekend’s big fundraiser! No surprise he has as big a heart off the pitch as on and I wish him and his family luck in Turkey. The friendly is a fantastic idea.

  4. Toz says:

    It’s sad to see such a truly wonderful player leave. I wish him luck.


  5. lfc_man says:

    Truly loved and appreciated. All the best to him.

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