Sunday 03 June 2012

Liverpool's Kuyt agrees move to Turkey

Dutch forward set for move to Fenerbahce after agreeing a deal

Dirk Kuyt scored more than 50 Barclays Premier League goals for Liverpool

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has agreed a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce.

The club say the Dutchman, who has scored 51 times in 208 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Reds, is expect to complete the formalities within the next few days.

Kuyt, 31, is currently preparing for the summer's Euro 2012 tournament with the Netherlands.

He moved to Anfield from Dutch side Feyenoord in August 2006.

Success

His most successful Barclays Premier League season was in 2010/11 when he scored 13 goals in the competition - including a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Manchester United, and a fine run towards the end of the campaign in which he netted in five successive matches.

"Dirk is a great player, a great person and was a great servant to Liverpool"
- Steven Gerrard

He was less prolific during 2011/12, scoring only two goals in the League, although he did net a key goal in the Carling Cup final which Liverpool won in a penalty shoot-out.

In a statement on their website, the club said: "Everyone at Liverpool Football Club would like to wish Dirk all the very best for the future and thank him for his contribution to the club."

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said: "Dirk is a great player, a great person and was a great servant to Liverpool.

"From the first day he came to the club, he was someone you could trust and knew that he would never let you down on the pitch.

He added: "I will miss him around the place and I wish him and his family all the best in Turkey."

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Key Points

  • Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt agrees deal with Turkish side Fenerbahce
  • Dutchman scored more than 50 Barclays Premier League goals for Reds
  • Kuyt moved to Anfield in August 2006