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Liverpool v Man Utd: Kuyt accused of 'stabbing Stam in the back'

Liverpool hero Dirk Kuyt is being hammered inside Holland.

Dutch pundit Johan Derksen has accused Kuyt of undermining Feyenoord coach Jaap Stam, the former Manchester United defender. Kuyt is the club's U19 coach.

Before going into Sunday's clash with FC Twente, the heat was being turned up on Stam over Feyenoord's flagging start to the season.

Stam, after two years in charge of Reading, returned to Holland to take charge of PEC Zwolle before being named Feyenoord coach barely a year into the job.

But with things going awry at the De Kuip, it's been claimed Kuyt has been positioning himself to succeed Stam.

Former Cambuur star Derksen said on Veronica Inside via Voetbalzone: "I assure you: Dirk Kuyt relentlessly stabs Jaap with a knife in his back so he can become head trainer."

Along with being youth coach, Kuyt also had input on signings at Feyenoord this summer. The former striker, now 39, had six years with Liverpool where he won the League Cup.

Derksen continued: "Kuyt is thriving there on the terraces in that Feyenoord suit, and hoping that the camera will be pointed at him.

"He has what every trainer suffers from: 'I can get a lot more out of that group'.

"They all make that mistake. Vanity wins him over. He has been acting strangely at Feyenoord for years, but there has never been anyone who has pulled the handbrake."

Feyenoord bounced back on Sunday with a thumping 5-1 win over Twente. The result sees Feyenoord jump up to sixth on the Eredivisie table.

- updated September 30

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