Classic transfer: Liverpool sign striker who scored 36 goals in one season

first_img talkSPORT looks back on Liverpool’s signing of Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt 1 Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has made it clear that he is still looking for an additional goalscorer this summer, and as it happens, today marks the anniversary of the transfer of one such player to the Premier League side. On this day in 2006 the Reds confirmed a deal for Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt, who arrived off the back of three high-scoring seasons with Feyenoord.Kuyt is remembered more for his hard work and tactical discipline than his feats in front of goal at Anfield, but when he arrived on Merseyside the blonde-mopped atttacked was initially billed as a top finisher.When the deal was first announced, then Reds boss Rafael Benitez commented that Kuyt’s “finishing is fantastic” and “I know he will score a lot of goals for us”, yet ultimately the Dutchman would never come close to breaking the 20 league goal mark – despite doing so in four consecutive seasons in the Eredivisie, including one campaign in which he netted 36 goals in all competitions.Kuyt’s work-ethic and commitment were unquestionable, but that arguably worked against him at times. Benitez used the Dutchman in multiple positions and that often meant playing further away from the opposition area.In contrast to his unspectacular return in front of goal, Kuyt had a habit of scoring against tough opponents in big games, finding the back of the net against Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal in his first season, while also scoring in his club’s consolation goal in the 2-1 2007 Champions League final defeat to AC Milan.More than any other moment, Kuyt’s Liverpool career is perhaps best summed up by a hat-trick against Manchester United in 2011, with the three goals scored from a combined total of seven yards. That was Kuyt at Anfield: unspectacular perhaps, but very effective.last_img

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