Dirk Kuyt Looks To Reject Inter Milan Again: Where Did It All Go Right?
Kuyt seems likely to remain at a Liverpool club where he has had a roller-coaster of a ride to say the least. His impeccable return at Feyenoord (71 goals in 101 games) caught the attention of the Kop and he was transferred to Liverpool for £10 million in 2006.
For years, however, his place was uncertain and he lacked direction. Kuyt was a player who had a proven track record of scoring goals, and we as supporters thrust a great deal of expectation on his shoulders.
After all, if you are following in the footsteps of Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Ian Rush then you will have to be prolific in front of goal in order to gain an Anfield following.
It could have been a lot worse—he could have been Emile Heskey.
The facts, however, seemingly hindered his progress. In the Dutch league, he scored more than 20 goals in each of his last four seasons of competition.
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Alternatively, his strike rate at Liverpool proved less impressive, as he never totaled more than 15 in one season. He has yet to reach the same volume from his time at Feyenoord and is closing in on doubling the number of games he played there at Liverpool.
As a consequence of this, many neglected his input. I was frustrated at the lack of goals but was quite ignorant in looking deeper as to what he could actually bring to the club.
It was his dedication, work rate and commitment that began to shine through. Many players would just quit there and then. He could have moved back to the Dutch league where goals seemed easier to come by. Or he could have taken the bait handed by Inter and attempted to move on with his career.
As others like John Arne Riise headed for Serie A, Kuyt however wanted to subvert the inconsistent view shown to him by the fans. He wanted to show his die-hard attitude and not be a forgotten quitter.
Whilst his success rate in European competition was improved, he struggled to find the net in the Premiership.
It was under Dalglish that he found his elevated focus.
Alongside his revelatory hat-trick against Manchester United in March, he netted a further ten times in the league to bring a total tally in all competitions to 15. This gave him his largest haul for any one season in a Liverpool shirt.
And whilst he may not play every game of the season, his ability to drift from winger to occasional striker has earned him rave reviews. He is now a player we can trust to commit to a game and to get a result.
Amongst a team that now features the world-renowned talents of Luis Suarez, he will do well to instate his status further, and after years of trying he could now become a legend in the making.
His goal scoring rate will probably never eclipse the success he had in the Dutch league. But goals can be found elsewhere. It is his work rate we can now gleefully salute him for.
When you have speculation surrounding arguably lesser-able strikers joining the club, it ensures you will want Kuyt to stick to his guns and remain at the Kop.
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