Anfield outfit to sell veterans as the Merseyside makes long term plans. Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli draw up shortlist of young talent.
Kuyt’s former club, Feyenoord, are keen to re-sign their former striker, and Liverpool will not stand in his way if he wishes to end his six-year association with them.
Manager Kenny Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli are determined to reduce the average age of the Liverpool squad and extend their numbers while retaining control of the wage bill.
That makes Kuyt, 31, alongside other senior players such as midfielder Maxi Rodríguez, vulnerable to an Anfield departure.
Liverpool have already decided left-back Fabio Aurelio will not be offered a new deal and is surplus to requirements.
They are already drawing up a list of younger players, with Feyenoord’s 17-year-old midfielder Tonny Trindade de Vilhena and Udinese’s left-sided utility player Pablo Armero, 25, being watched by Comolli.
Liverpool are also close to signing Crewe’s 16-year-old midfielder Dan Smith in a £400,000 deal, beating Manchester City to his signature.
Moves to re-shuffle Liverpool’s Anfield squad make a great deal of sense and go hand in hand with the club’s overall youthful transfer policy that sees their American owners pursuing long term success over short term big money investment that seems a more cost effective and sustainable mode for growth.
Looking to offload Dirk Kuyt, Fabio Aurelio and Maxi Rodriguez may be a wise move to make as all three are in the latter stages of their careers and arguably well past their best and Liverpool would be looking to a higher standard of first team player if they were to really want to push for a spot back in the top four.
Dutch international Kuyt has become a cult hero at the club, scoring a raft of important goals and always giving 100%, however the attacker has made references to wanting more first team football and if Kenny Dalglish can not guarantee that then a move is best for all concerned.
Fabio Aurelio has barely got a look in this term and Maxi has only ever been a bit part player, albeit he did produce a fine run of form at the tail end of the last campaign, netting seven goals in the space of three games.
Of the young trio said to be closing in on Liverpool moves by far the most highly sought after is Crewe midfielder Dan Smith, who is being linked with a plethora of top tier clubs after impressing many, with Man City reportedly close to snapping up the teenager last month.