Date: 19th July 2011 at 5:26pm
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Dirk Kuyt could easily not be a Liverpool player today if he had agreed to join Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan last summer. How different things could have been for the Dutch forward. If he had joined Rafa in Italy, there is a possibility that Kuyt could have been relegated to the bench following the sacking of Rafa and his career could be in the doldrums right now.

But Dirk is glad he stayed at Liverpool and he is look forward to the upcoming season and hopes that the club will be back in the Champions League soon and challenging for trophies.

“I wanted to stay at Liverpool but I also wanted to challenge for trophies,” he said.

“You want to see the club moving forward and that is exactly what happened after the first half of the season.

“Even to come from a very tough position to finish in sixth position was very promising. But to have the feeling that everyone at the club was working very, very hard to get it back where it belongs [was important].

“But even to finish sixth did not leave us satisfied,” he added. “We at least have to be challenging for Champions League football and most of the lads have played in the competition and want to get back there.

“I think that has to be our aim, it is difficult because not only do we have the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea but now we have Manchester City and Spurs.

“It will be a hard challenge but the least we have to aim for is Champions League football.”

It will be interesting to see what kind of a role Kuyt plays this coming season for Liverpool. Will Kenny continue to deploy him out on the right or will he be used as a centre forward? The beauty with Dirk is you know what you will get no matter where he plays; hard work and 100% dedication. he may not be the most technically gifted player but he puts in the effort.

What role do you see Kuyt playing for Liverpool this coming season?