Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has lavished praise on Dirk Kuyt, who is leaving Anfield for Turkish side Fenerbache next month.
The Holland international confirmed the three-year deal at the weekend, which prompted Benitez to post a glowing review of Kuyt’s influence while at the Reds.
It was the Spaniard who brought Kuyt to Merseyside from Eredivisie club Feyenoord in 2006 and always saw him as a key member of his first team, as he explained in the statement.
“There has not been a single day, not one, when I regretted that decision [signing Kuyt], in fact it has been the complete opposite,” the statement read.
“If there is anything I have learnt from experience, it is that the signing of Kuyt gave me a player for an exceptional team, as he was versatile, committed, professional and exemplary in his behaviour on and off the field.”
Benitez often uses his website to make tactical comments on matches he has watched, but also to update on what he is doing while being out of management.
As well as extolling Kuyt’s exceptional work rate, the former Valencia manager made mention of the commitment the 31-year-old showed to the famous red shirt.
“A lot of people talk of players who play for the shirt and their loyalty, but I can tell you that in my opinion, in my career as a coach, I don’t know of many players who have played for the Liverpool shirt like he did from the day he arrived to the last second he played for that red shirt,” added Benitez.
Kuyt was understandably grateful to Benitez for his comments and took to Twitter to show his gratitude.
“Thanks for giving me the opportunity to play for LFC and even more the words you mentioned to me,” he said in a Tweet directed at his former boss.
Kuyt made at total of 285 appearances for Liverpool and scored 71 goals.