Liverpool Transfer News: Dirk Kuyt's 10 Greatest Moments as a Red

Neri Stein@neristeinFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2012

Liverpool Transfer News: Dirk Kuyt's 10 Greatest Moments as a Red

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    Brendan Rogers' Liverpool reign has started by offloading one of the club's cult heroes of the last six years, Dirk Kuyt

    Kuyt will be joining Turkish side Fenerbahce next season (via The Telegraph), and though he didn't play much under Kenny Dalglish last season and only has one trophy to show for his six years on Merseyside, the Dutchman was one of Liverpool's most important players during that time. 

    Kuyt did everything asked of him at Liverpool and played hard until the whistle would blow in every match. He is one of five players with 50 or more Premier League goals for the Reds, and he had a knack for scoring big goals in very big moments, which only added to his reputation as a big-game player, especially in Europe. 

    Now that Kuyt has played his last match for Liverpool, let's look back at his 10 best moments (in no particular order) in Red. 

Honorable Mention: Champions League Final

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    It was only a consolation goal against AC Milan, but it came in the Champions League final. Not everyone can boast that, especially in their first final appearance. 

    It wasn't the most special of Kuyt's European goals for Liverpool, but it was a pretty big moment for him as a player.

Manchester City Winner

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    Liverpool were down 2-0 at Manchester City in October 2008, but two second-half goals from Fernando Torres pulled the Reds back into the match. 

    That wasn't enough though. 

    Dirk Kuyt popped up and scored the winner in injury time to send Reds fans back to Merseyside positively delighted.

    Not necessarily a big game, but certainly a big goal. 

Two Penalties to Top Everton

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    The best way to write yourself into any club's history is to score against their biggest rivals. Dirk Kuyt did just that with two penalties against Everton in October 2007. 

    Sami Hyppia had scored an own goal to put the Reds in the hole at Goodison, but Kuyt slotted home a penalty just after halftime after Tony Hibbert was sent off for a foul on Steven Gerrard. 

    Then, Kuyt slotted home another penalty in stoppage time to continue the Red dominance of Merseyside. 

    Kuyt's penalty record for Liverpool was perfect until last season when he missed for the first time at, you guessed it, Goodison. 

Taking Down Mourinho

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    Liverpool and Rafa Benitez had Chelsea and Jose Mourinho's number when it came to European competition, but the Premier League was a different story. 

    In January of 2007, that all changed, and it was Dirk Kuyt who got it going. 

    Kuyt scored after just four minutes at Anfield, and the Reds went on to win 2-0. It was Liverpool's first goal against a top-four side of the season and Benitez's first league victory over the Special One. 

Finally a Trophy

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    Liverpool were pinned back in the Carling Cup final in February against Championship side Cardiff City, but Dirk Kuyt, once again, came to the Reds' rescue. 

    Kuyt came off the bench during extra time and scored what should've been the winner just minutes later. 

    Cardiff City evened the score right at the death to take the Reds to a penalty shootout, and Kuyt did what he's always done best for Liverpool and duly put his spot kick away to ensure he lifted at least one trophy with Liverpool.

Penalty Sends Reds to Athens

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    Liverpool may not have made it to that 2007 Champions League final without Dirk Kuyt. 

    Liverpool and Chelsea went to extra time in the semifinal second leg at Anfield. First, Kuyt had a goal disallowed for offside, but he made up for it later. 

    After Pepe Reina's heroics in goal, Kuyt stepped up and slotted the deciding penalty just past Petr Cech and sent the Reds to their second European Cup final in three years. 

Inter Who?

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    Dirk Kuyt's European heroics continued the next season. He scored the first goal of Liverpool's Round of 16 matchup with Inter Milan in February of 2008. 

    Liverpool went on to win the first leg at Anfield 2-0 and advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-0 aggregate victory. 

Shooting Down Arsenal

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    Just a couple months after Kuyt set Liverpool on their way in the Champions League with his goal over Inter, he scored a vital away goal at Arsenal in the next round. 

    Emmanuel Adebayor had given Arsenal the advantage in this Champions League quarterfinal tie at the Emirates, but minutes later, Kuyt turned the tides right back toward Liverpool. 

    Kuyt was once again in the right place at the right time to poke the ball home after a scramble in front of goal, earning a 1-1 draw and setting up a classic second-leg matchup the next week at Anfield. 

History at Liverpool

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    It certainly wasn't the most glamorous game for Dirk Kuyt to score his 12th Champions League goal for Liverpool, but what matters is where it put him in Liverpool's record books. 

    With his strike against Debrecen in the Champions League group stages in 2009, Kuyt became the third-highest scorer in the European Cup for Liverpool, behind just Ian Rush and Steven Gerrard.

    Not bad company to have. 

FA Cup Glory

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    Cup glory was all Liverpool had to be proud of last season, and it could've ended a lot sooner had it not been for Kuyt. 

    Kuyt came off the bench against Manchester United in the FA Cup Fourth Round at Anfield, and he scored the winner just two minutes from time to save Liverpool from a replay at Old Trafford. 

    Big game, big moment, biggest opponents. 

Hat-Trick Hero

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    In 71 goals over six seasons, Dirk Kuyt scored just one hat trick as a Liverpool player, and he couldn't have picked a better moment. 

    Kuyt always had a knack for scoring against Liverpool's other big rival Everton, but he'd never been able to get past Manchester United. 

    On March 6, 2011, Kuyt fixed all that as he scored three goals (with brilliant assists from Luis Suarez and incredibly stupid defending from Nani) against the Red Devils, giving King Kenny Dalglish the perfect birthday present. 

    It was the perfect hat trick for Kuyt, as each goal was a true poacher's goal. He was always around goal, just where you want your striker, and all he had to do was tap the ball home.