Dirk Kuyt: From Joke to Top Bloke for Liverpool


Another weekend of Premier League action and another cracking Dirk Kuyt goal. Now who would have predicted that this time last season? Certainly not me and with good reason because his goal tally in the league last season was just five, managing 11 in all competitions for the Reds. So far this time around the Dutchman has already managed five in the league, seven in all competitions.

Kuyt’s transformation from potential big money flop to an invaluable part of the team has certainly been a steady one. Signed from Feyenoord in 2006 for £9million I must admit I thought Liverpool had bought yet another striker who wouldn’t cut it for them. The likes of El Hadji Diouf, Milan Baros and Vladimir Smicer had all arrived with big price tags and failed to improve Liverpool’s goal tally.

It’s always a fair assumption to make that players arriving from overseas will take some time to adapt to the English game. For example Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t an instant success but he certainly has become one. It would be fair to say that the most important thing Kuyt did in his first season was to dispatch the penalty that put Liverpool through to the 2007 Champions League final.

Perhaps Kuyt had been resting on that one spot kick to keep the Liverpool fans on side for the next season. Signed as a striker the Dutch international was expected to bang in the goals but struggled and was instead deployed out on the right hand side of midfield. There is no doubting Kuyt’s work rate, as he seemed to endlessly sprint from one part of the field to another, but his end product was what was being called into question.

Those asking the questions became so loud that there were rumours that Hamburg were preparing to make a bid for the flying Dutchman in the summer. However Rafael Benitez is thought to be high on Kuyt based on his endless work rate and has stayed put for now.

Good thing to because Kuyt’s rich vein in form has co-inside with Liverpool’s sustained push for the Premier League title. The football odds on Benitez’s side lifting the Premier League trophy have been shorten, albeit the campaign still being in its early stages.

Kuyt had become known as a big game player but as he demonstrated against Bolton on Saturday the 28-year-old has become indiscriminate about who he scores against which will please all of those who cram into Anfield every other week.

Truth of the matter is that whilst Kuyt is having a good season so far he is certainly being helped by the team around him who are actually mounting a serious title challenge for the first time in along time. It’s an old cliché but Kuyt is part of a well oiled machine, which will continue to improve if the Dutchman keeps up his standard of performances.

4 thoughts on “Dirk Kuyt: From Joke to Top Bloke for Liverpool”

  1. everyone was a bit of a sh*t to SuperDirk last season, his dad died just before the season started which will have a big effect on anyone. That and everyone jumping on his back for an understandably poor start to last season can't have done much for his confidence. And he had to accomodate and support Torres last season, which to be fair, was fairly successful

  2. Kuyt is certainly reaping the benefits of playing week in week out.. Good spot to Andy too about the death of his father. Sometimes you have dig a little to find the truth.

  3. He was never a bad player and is the best player we have this season. If you look at the table for best performances this season you will see that SG is top. Kuyt has been better in every game and SG has been average at best. I really sickens me the way our so called supporters attack our players even whilst they are warming up. But it’s obvious that the votes come from people who just vote for their favourites and don't actually watch the games let alone go to them. But would that make a difference. SG gives the ball away repeatedly but it is just about anyone else who gets slagged off for it. Kuyt gets some stick for his first touch yet against Bolton he was almost faultless in this department and has proved a reliable outlet for Pepe in more than one game this season. Despite the family woes he had last season he was played out of position and still managed something like 12 goals and as many assists.

    For me he has never been out of favour and no player in a Liverpool shirt should be slagged off during the game. Those on these boards who would have had him sold last season will be fairly silent for now but one bad performance and you'll all pipe up again. At the last home game I heard comments such as “Babel has been taking lessons from Kuyt” and “Oh no another Kuyt” to which the response was great another joint top scorer. Let’s try and get past your petty prejudices and see each performance in an honest light. I for one will watch a game two or three times if I can the first nearly always at the ground. Then I find I can make a better more accurate judgement of performances.

    Don’t take it for granted that everyone thinks the way you do. Liverpool would be a lesser team without Kuyt and that was also true last season.

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