Saturday 26 May 2018

Liverpool fans will hoping one of their old boys can score another hat-trick against Man United tonight

Dirk Kuyt
Dirk Kuyt

Tom Rooney

One surefire way to achieve cult-hero status at Anfield is to humble Manchester United by any means possible, but Dirk Kuyt remains revered by the Liverpool faithful for a plethora of reasons

For those only concerned with the superficial, Dirk Kuyt could be viewed as a centre forward who wasn't particularly proficient at scoring goals, a Danny Welbeck type, if you will.

When brought to Merseyside by Rafael Benitez more than a decade ago, the Dutch international arrived from Feyenoord with a reputation as a prolific striker. Indeed, 71 goals from 101 league games at the Rotterdam club hardly contravened this thought.

For whatever reason, he did not find the Premier League as a happy a hunting ground as the Eredivisie.

However, under Benitez, Roy Hodgson and Kenny Daglish, Kuyt was the consummate team player, occupying a multitude of positions and never giving anything less than 100pc for the cause.

Within days of Brendan Rodgers’ appointment, he joined Fenerbahce and Liverpool lost one its most distinguished servants of the modern era.

It will, of course, vary from fan to fan, but it’s probably fair to say that a huge amount of those who follow the Reds remember Kuyt most fondly for the bravura hat-trick he scored againist Alex Ferguson’s United in April 2011.

Linking up wonderfully with Louis Suarez, Kuyt spearheaded their 3-1 shellacking of United at Anfield, and became the first Liverpool player to net a hat-trick against the Old Trafford side since Peter Beardsley 21 years previous.

Kuyt is now back where it all began at Feyenoord, under the guise of ex Arsenal defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

At 36, Kuyt is coming towards the end of his time as an elite professional, but is currently a pivotal figure in the Feyenoord team.

Presently, they are sitting pretty atop of the Dutch top-flight, having registered five wins in as many games, and this evening welcome Manchester United to the De Kuip.

Kuyt starts in a midfield three and will surely have the backing of the United’s great domestic rivals as Feyenoord attempt to add to their deby day woes.

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