By Emma Sanders

Liverpool fans delivered encouraging messages on Twitter after Dirk Kuyt suffered a difficult night against Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

The former Liverpool forward lined up for Feyenoord against his old rivals but was substituted after 60 minutes of his team’s 4-0 defeat against Manchester United.

The club skipper was involved heavily in the game prior to coming off and put in a fairly good display as he prevented United taking an early lead in the first-half with a goal-line clearance before almost netting himself.

Kuyt spent six years in Merseyside and made 285 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 71 goals on his way to becoming one of the club’s most loved players.

The Dutchman returned to his childhood club Feyenoord in July 2015 and has gone on to make 172 appearances in total for the club.

The 36-year-old doesn’t look like stopping any time soon either and has already made 16 appearances for Feyenoord during the 2016-17 campaign, scoring five goals.

He was on the winning side in the fixture between the two sides in September earlier this season at the De Kuip stadium as Feyenoord secured a close 1-0 victory.

While at Liverpool, he famously scored a hat-trick against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in March 2011, helping the Merseysiders secure a pleasing 3-1 victory at Anfield.

As well as Kuyt, there was another former Liverpool player in the Feyenoord starting XI as goalkeeper Brad Jones stood in between the sticks.

Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:

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