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Rafa Needs to Drop Dirk Kuyt and Start Peter Crouch

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Why does Rafa Benitez persist with Dirk Kuyt especially considering the Dutchman’s current form? It wasn’t just Kuyt’s performance today against Blackburn. Kuyt has been lacking form for several weeks now.

Kuyt was dreadful against Blackburn today wasting several clear-cut chances to put three points in the bag for Liverpool. The final score at Ewood Park was nil-nil.

While Kuyt’s shooting skills and confidence have been floundering, Peter Crouch remains on the bench except for late starts in matches now and again. Every time Crouch comes on the pitch, he makes a dramatic difference such as he did today when he came on in the 70th minute. He teams up better with Gerrard than Kuyt does. Plus Crouch had a header cleared off the goal line by David Bentley.

Benitez’s decision to keep faith in Kuyt is damaging Liverpool’s chances to close the gap against clubs like Arsenal and Man United. The sooner the Spaniard drops Kuyt and starts Crouch, the more likely it’ll be that Liverpool will regain their form.

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4 Responses to Rafa Needs to Drop Dirk Kuyt and Start Peter Crouch

  1. zie says:

    I agree with that 100% kuyt does not have the finshing abilities, and he does not have the skill to threaten defences. The dropping of Crouch is a personal issue between benitez and crouch. Unfortunately it is costing the team. I wish he starts with crouch against besiktas. Liverpool are unbeaten, but they have drawn more games than they have won. I started this season watching the reds, i was confident, i would predict 6-0 against derby, i expected then to thrash Wigan, Birmingham. But now my i am unsure what the team is going to do on the pitch.I doubt this team in every game now. Voronin, Kuyt, Rise, Hyppia and Sissoko are not upto standard.

  2. tyduffy says:

    I have been saying the same thing for weeks.

    Crouch is not a great header of the ball which, because of his height, clouds the judgement of him. He is actually a fairly decent striker when the ball is on the ground.

    He also has the large man in the box factor where he freaks out opponents and creates space for everyone else.

    Yes, he scores goals mostly against lesser opponents. But, that is who Liverpool are having trouble with. Ridiculous

  3. rowan says:

    Torres aside, none of our forwards are reliable in front of goal. We need a goal getter/poacher type but rafa prefers a player who ‘works’ for the team but does fu*k all else.
    Kuyt is average, the dutch league is akin to a pub league and is not an indicator of what a player is capable of.
    However, given the current situation, i would indeed use crouch over kuyt ANYDAY. Kuyt has had his chance and should be given until the end of the season, after that bye bye.

  4. Is this betting says:

    I actually think Kuyt is playing better than he did last season – though that does not mean he deserves to be in the team. I thought he played well against Everton but that has been about it this season.

    Perhaps his reluctance to play Crouch could be an indication that he will be sold in the January transfer window. It makes sense not to play him too often.

    But once again I wonder at Benitez. Love him as I do – some of his decisions seem, in the short term, very strange.

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