WITH rumours abound day in, day out, that a certain Dirk Kuyt is on his way out in the summer I think it’s important that he gets a little mention for his contribution over the last 6 seasons he spent with us.
I mean, I am as aware as anybody that his popularity has waned in the past 18 months and that his games-to-goals ration has never been spectacular you can’t deny that he has been a great servant during his time with the club.
He has certainly never been everybody’s cup of tea but the man is a legend (I never said ‘Liverpool legend, incidentally) for his stamina-levels alone. But when you look more closely at his contributions over the years, it’s hard to deny his importance to the club.
After a fairly prolific spell in his native land, he joined the Reds in the wake of the FA and European Super Cup success of the 2006 season and a lot was expected of him immediately, what with the reputation he’d made in Holland for himself. But, 6 seasons in the Red shirt of LFC and he has yet to reach the total he managed in 3 seasons at his former club. This season aside, though, he has been totally consistent in front of goal, even if his final tallies haven’t been amazing, scoring 14, 11, 15, 11, 15 and then 5 up to this point in the current season.
With 71 goals in over 270 games for the club some would say he’s had a poor return but his consistency in front of goal and, more importantly, in big games cannot be denied. Whenever a goal was needed against top opposition or in an important match Dirk was always first in line to put his body on the line for his team.
And while may not have had his best season in a Red shirt he has had his most impressive season for his country, managing to bag himself a total of 7 goals in 11 appearances this season. His importance to both his club and country cannot be understated in the past 6 years and, don’t forget, the guy has played in Champions League and World Cup finals and you don’t get a chance to win those competitions by being a shoddy player.
He was never most people’s cup of tea, but should the press have the right of it and Dirk moves on in the summer I, for one, will be sad to see him go. If we’d had a few more players over the years with Dirk’s attitude and massive cajones then we might not have been without Champions League football for the past two seasons.
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