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You will be hard pressed to find a person in Merseyside that actively dislikes this man. Dirk was a major part of the Rafa Benitez era for Liverpool, being bought as a striker but ended up playing a larger role on the right-hand side. He brought energy and a tremendous work ethic to the team and a keen eye for a good old tap in. It was that work ethic that gave him the nickname of “The Energizer Bunny” among the Liverpool fans. In his time at Liverpool he played 285 games and scored 71 goals in the 6 years between 2006 and 2012.  The most memorable of those goals coming against Manchester United. Scoring a hat trick in one game, from a combined distance of about 3 yards and putting in a 90th minute winner in another game against United.  He was a man that can be counted on when the going gets tough as he was always there to score important goals in big important games. He scored in the Champions League Final in 2007 against AC Milan to put Liverpool back in the game for the dying moments and he was responsible for Liverpool taking the lead in extra time against Cardiff in the 2012 league cup final. That victory in the league cup final against Cardiff was to be the only trophy that Dirk won in his time at the club, which is up there with any of Shakespeare’s tragedies, as he and a lot of that Benitez squad deserved so much more than that. He played alongside a group of very talented players for much of his Anfield career, many of whom have become cult heroes among the Kop faithful. Kuyt was no exception. In 2016 he left Merseyside to go and play for Turkish club Fenerbahce and was again unable to win any trophies in his first season there, but in his 2nd year in Istanbul they won the title. Which equalised the record set by Galatasaray of 19 domestic titles. Following this Kuyt left to re-join his beloved Feyenoord, where the real fairy tale of Kuyt’s career took place during last season. After being given back the captaincy, Kuyt took Feyenoord to their first title since 1999 and retired not long after. The working-class hero will be fondly remembered in Liverpool, Feyenoord and Istandbul. Not for his skill but because he was a player that would always give 200% for the club he plays for. I bet Klopp would love him if he was to re-join us back in his prime and there are a lot of players that should try learning a thing or two from our very own Mr Duracell.
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