There has not been a harder worker in a Liverpool shirt, and arguably all of England, since Liverpool signed Dirk Kuyt from Feyenoord five-and-a-half seasons ago. The sad reality, however, is that this has not been one of his better seasons, with the Dutch international struggling to find regular first-team action.
He remains the best poacher of goals on the club (today's goal at QPR being Exhibit A), which can be chalked up to his situational awareness, positioning and keen anticipation.
He remains a clear asset to the team, but hasn't been able to find his form, a product of inconsistent minutes on the pitch as well as of the team-wide malaise that has afflicted Liverpool all season.
This season there have been rumblings about his displeasure with the lack of playing time, his agent has said that Kuyt is keen to return to Feyenoord "at some point," with the club's sporting director reciprocating the interest.
Kuyt is under contract through next season, and remains among the more popular players at Anfield. He is way too classy a player to be used on a rotational basis, and while there's a hollow feeling in the gut even thinking of the prospect of him moving on, if that is what's necessary to improve prospects on both parts, then a move needs to be explored.