Forward Dirk Kuyt to leave Liverpool for Fenerbache after six year Anfield stay



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 



Dutchman Kuyt has been a firm favourite at Anfield during his six seasons for his nack of scoring important goals and his invaluable work-ethic


Liverpool have confirmed that striker Dirk Kuyt has left the club to join Turkish club Fenerbache signing a three-year contract.

The Netherlands forward leaves Anfield after spending six years with the Merseyside outfit. The 31-year-old signed for the Reds in 2006 from Dutch side Feyenoord making more than 250 appearances for the club scoring 71 goals in all competitions.

"Everyone would like to wish Dirk all the very best for the future and thank him for his contribution to the club," said a Liverpool statement.

When he signed for the Reds, 6ft Kuyt said: "For me, Liverpool is sure to be the dream club I was looking for. There was nothing of the calibre of Liverpool, a brilliant club with an enormous reputation."

He made his Premier League debut against West Ham United in August 2006 coming on as a substitute for Peter Crouch in Liverpool's 2-1 win after making a £10 million switch in the summer transfer window.

His first goal for the club came a month later when he opened the scoring in the Reds' 2-0 win over Newcastle. He quickly became a favourite with the Liverpool fans for his industrious and tireless workrate, helped by scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over local rivals Everton at Goodison Park in 2007 and a hat-trick against bitter foes Manchester United in 2011.

He was converted from a main striker to a right winger by former boss Rafael Benitez after the signing of Fernando Torres.

Dutch international Kuyt, who has more than 80 caps and 20 goals for his country and was named Dutch footballer of the year in 2005-06, also scored in the Champions League final defeat to AC Milan in May 2007 and scored Liverpool's second goal in the recent Carling Cup Final against Cardiff City at Wembley before scoring a penalty in the shoot-out victory in his first and only honour with the club.

However, he found first-team opportunities harder to come by last season making just 22 Premier League starts while he was a substitute in five of the Reds' last nine matches. Kuyt netted the winner in a 2-1 FA Cup victory over Manchester United while he hit the fifty mark in terms of Premier League goals after scoring in January's 3-0 win at Wolves.

The former Utrecht striker is currently on international duty with the Dutch national side as they prepare for Euro 2012, where they begin their Group B on Saturday against Denmark. This is Kuyt's fourth international tournament with the Netherlands after World Cup 2006, Euro 2008 & World Cup 2010.


Click here to re-watch Dirk Kuyt's goal in the 2012 Carling Cup Final


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