Kuyt proud of Liverpool role

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Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt insists the club have made him proud by outlining his importance to them and he does not want to leave Anfield.

The Dutchman's agent claimed on Wednesday the 30-year-old wanted to be reunited with former Reds boss Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan.

Kuyt does not deny he was curious about what his prospects would be if he decided to leave but he was soon reassured about his status, and said: "My future is at Liverpool. I have had four great years at the club. Unfortunately we have not won any trophies but hopefully I will in future."

He added: "The point for me was that I am 30 years old and I wanted to know if there was any interest from any other club in the world.

"Liverpool spoke to me and explained everything. They said I was really important.

"That made me very proud and at that point I focused my thoughts on Liverpool."

Hodgson reiterated his desire for Kuyt, who scored the second in Liverpool's late 2-1 Europa League play-off victory over Trabzonspor in Turkey on Thursday night, to remain a central part of his team.

"Dirk is a player who is an important part of Liverpool, I've made it clear we don't welcome any offers for him and he's not for sale," said the Englishman.

"As far as I'm concerned he is someone I believe in, someone I count on, and it is important we improve the team around the Steven Gerrards, Fernando Torres's, Jose Reinas and the Kuyts and not sell them and start all over again."

Kuyt and a Remzi Kacar own goal - both coming in the last six minutes after Teofilo Gutierrez's early strike had levelled up the tie - put Liverpool through to the group stages 3-1 on aggregate.

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