Friday, July 9, 2010

Dirk Kuyt: I Want to Stay at Liverpool

While Liverpool is struggling to keep hold on their current players amid a financial crisis, Dirk Kuyt has indicated that he would stay at the club. Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, who is now at the helm of Inter Milan, was eager to secure the Dutch striker’s service this summer.

Benitez was reportedly considering Dirk Kuyt as the replacement for Mario Balotelli who has been linked with Manchester City, Manchester United and AC Milan. Dirk Kuyt has been impressive so far for Netherlands in the World Cup and the 26-year-old has indicated that he would talk to new Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson after the end of the tournament.

While talking to the media, Kuyt said, “Of course I want to stay. Liverpool is a great club with a great history.

Unfortunately in my four years I haven't won anything but hopefully in the future, I will still have that chance.
We will have to see what happens but hopefully the manager wants me to stay.

I spoke to people at the club and I know he wants to speak with me. But it is very difficult at the moment because we are so busy and focus on what lies ahead.”

So, it seems that Dirk Kuyt has already committed his future to Liverpool. It is true that Liverpool could not win anything over the last few seasons, but was playing in the Champion League regularly. However, the Reds failed to accomplish a top four finish last season, and thus, missing a Champions League place for this season.

Hodgson has given some hopes to the Liverpool fans recently revealing that he is confident captain Steven Gerrard would stay at Anfield.

Now, it seems he is trying to offload some of the players who could not perform last season and make some quick cash in by selling the players like Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano and then sign some young players who would not cost much, but add quality to the squad.

Next season, Hodgson’s primary target is to guide Liverpool to retain their Champion League spot in what would provide the cash-trapped club some financial boost.

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