In the last two seasons, Dirk Kuyt was one of the first names in the Liverpool starting lineup. He held down that right-hand midfield role and made it his own due to his sheer hard work on the field. He is not the best right midfielder to ever play the game in terms of pace, trickery and crossing ability that you would expect from a wide player, but he has been so vital to Liverpool over the last couple of season due to his never say die attitude and ability to defend from the front.
But now this season, Dirk has found himself on Kenny Dalglish’s bench as Jordan Henderson has been preferred to play on the right side of midfield. Henderson has not done too badly thus far but he has not set the stage alight either. Should Dirk Kuyt be called back into the side in place of Henderson or does Dalglish see Dirk as a backup striker this season?
Kuyt himself has come out and said that he is looking forward to the challenge of making the Liverpool starting lineup this season.
“From childhood, I’ve always been disappointed when I’m not in the team because I’m desperate to be involved and make a good contribution,” said Kuyt.
“But it also makes me very determined too. I need to continue to prove myself, train as hard as possible and, when I do play, make sure my performance is of a high standard.”
Kuyt added: “Competition is tough now but it’s brilliant for the club that there are so many players to choose from now, top-class international players. The players realise at the end of the day you need more than 11 good players to be successful.
“When I first arrived here we had a very good, big squad but for the last two seasons before this one, we haven’t had the depth that we did in the first three seasons.
“Someone like Craig Bellamy is a strong addition to what is already a very strong squad, and that can only be good for the team. We definitely have better quality now and more players to choose from as well.
“I think with the signings we’ve made, we have a great squad now so we should be ambitious and have confidence in ourselves.”
What role do you see Kuyt playing for Liverpool this season?