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Thanks Dirk! Former Liverpool favourite Kuyt retires

Former Liverpool great Dirk Kuyt has retired just a few days after leading Feyenoord to their first Eredivisie title since 1999.

The Dutchman was a fan favourite during his spell with the Reds after joining the club from Feyenoord in 2006. For the next six seasons, Kuyt would appear in 286 matches for Liverpool and help guide them to League Cup triumph in 2011-12.

After his spell at Anfield, Kuyt spent three years in Turkey with Fenerbache before settling back at Feyenoord in 2015.

In what turned out to be his last season of football, Kuyt captained Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side to a historic championship win. The Rotterdam club clinched the title last weekend when they defeated Heracles Almelo 3-0.

Kuyt also represented the Netherlands 104 times, including the 2010 World Cup final.

Speaking at his retirement announcement, Kuyt said: “Throughout my career I have always followed my heart when taking decisions and that goes for this one too,' says Kuyt.

“To me this feels like the right time to retire. I have had two fantastic years here since returning to Feyenoord, with this season's title as the absolute pinnacle.

"I had the dream of winning trophies and becoming a champion with Feyenoord. All my dreams have come true."

Video courtesy of LFC Entertainment


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