Monday 04 June 2012
New Liverpool manager Brandan Rodgers has been tipped to succeed at Anfield - by departing midfielder Dirk Kuyt.
Dutch international Kuyt is leaving Liverpool after six years to join Turkish side Fenerbahce.
The transfer is expected to be completed in the next few days but Kuyt says his departure is not connected with the arrival of ex-Swansea manager Rodgers.
Kuyt has already spoken to international team-mate Michel Vorm, who was Rodgers' first-choice goalkeeper at Swansea, about the new boss at Anfield.
"I think it's great for the club that they have finally announced the new manager," Kuyt told Liverpool's website.
"I had to go somewhere else for a new experience after six years"
- Dirk Kuyt
"From what I have heard from Michel Vorm he is a great manager and he told me he will be perfect for Liverpool and he will definitely lift the club up to a higher state.
"I would also like to say my decision to leave Liverpool was nothing to do with the new manager coming in whatsoever. I just had the feeling that I had to go somewhere else for a new experience after six years.
"I made the decision but it's not about the new manager. I have great memories from my experience with the club.
"I'm sure Liverpool will improve under the new manager. Liverpool has a great squad of players and I'm sure with this manager they will do well.
"From the bottom of my heart I wish them all the best, wish the new manager all the best and I hope they will be very successful."