No pleasure to take in Dirk Kuyt’s departure
Dirk Kuyt has scored in two of the three finals he’s played with Liverpool
It was a bit saddening to wake up to the news that Dirk Kuyt had signed for Fenerbahce this morning. He may have been over 30, and he may not have had the best of seasons, but on so many occasions, Kuyt was there for Liverpool, a big game player in his own right.
He’s scored in a Champions League final and also hit what should’ve been a late winner at Wembley against Cardiff. He was there against Everton on multiple occasions, especially in 2010 when Liverpool won with 10 men with one of Kuyt’s signature headers off the corner, right in front of Tim Howard’s face.
When everything seemed bleak, and the manager that brought him to Liverpool was at Inter, Kuyt stayed and seemingly turned down interest from the then European champions. When Fernando Torres and LFC were at their worst, his return to the lineup helped spark an important 2-0 win at home against Chelsea, and when Torres left for the same opponents, it was he who took the goal scoring mantle, immediately forming an understanding with Luis Suarez. The Manchester United hat trick speaks for itself, and quite frankly, so does Kuyt’s whole career at Anfield.