Could Dirk Kuyt depart Anfield this January?
Galatasaray are ready to test Liverpool’s resolve with a bid for Dirk Kuyt, as the Dutchman continues to battle for a place in Kenny Dalglish’s new look side.
Kuyt has proved to be one of Liverpool’s most consistent performers since his £10 million arrival from Feyenoord in 2006, where his mixture of excellent work ethics and goalscoring nous has helped endear him to the Anfield faithful.
However, since Dalglish’s summer reshuffle, in which the likes of Stuart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson were added to January buys Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, Kuyt has found opportunities limited, and is worried about his situation with the European Championships approaching in the summer.
Kuyt is in line to play a key role in a strong Holland push, but with a lack of minutes at club level potentially harming his chances, Galatasaray are ready to offer regular playing time and significantly boost his £65,000-a-week wages.
That package would be attractive to the 31-year-old, but the sticking point is doing a deal with Liverpool, who would want a fee of around £15 million, for a player who only extended his contract last April.
Galatasaray would be willing to go up to the £10 million mark, and include further payments linked to their success in their Turkish Super Liga, which they current top ahead of Fenerbahce and Besiktas.
Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has become a popular figure amongst home supporters at Anfield, but a downturn in form recently has led to his place in the team being questioned.
Let’s look at his main qualities to find out why.
1. He always scores in the big games.
Last season, Kuyt scored Premier League goals in the Merseyside derby against Everton, Manchester City, and got a hat-trick against arch rivals Manchester United. He also grabbed the crucial goal against Sparta Prague as Liverpool progressed to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League.
This season, he has only scored once, against Brighton and Hove Albion.
2. He can run forever.
Ask most people what Dirk Kuyt’s best quality is, and they would probably answer his sheer doggedness.
However, his stamina does not appear to be what it once was, and Kuyt has only completed 90 minutes in six of his eighteen appearances this season.
Could now be the time to ditch the Dutchman?
If Liverpool can reclaim the £10m they signed him for as the Metro suggest, perhaps they would be open to the deal.