By Will Butcher
Dirk Kuyt has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 36 years old following Feyenoord’s Eredivisie triumph – and Liverpool fans have paid tribute to the attacker.
Kuyt, 36, rounded off his career in fantastic fashion, scoring a hat-trick in a 3-1 over Heracles to pip Ajax to the Eredivisie title in the final fixture of Holland’s top flight.
Feyenoord revealed on their website that their captain and former Liverpool star would be retiring from professional football after spending two years with the Rotterdam club.
— Feyenoord Rotterdam (@Feyenoord) May 17, 2017
Versatile forward Kuyt enjoyed a trophy-laden career including Dutch and Turkish league titles, as well as an English League Cup with Liverpool during his six-year star with the Reds.
Moving to Anfield in the summer of August 2006, Kuyt remained with the Merseyside giants until 2012 and scored a huge 71 goals as well as providing 40 assists in 286 outings.
Liverpool fans applauded the former Fenerbahce and FC Utrecht forward for his time with the Reds, after his current side announced his news.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Aprajit (@Wazzzir) May 17, 2017
— Ronan McCay (@RonanMcCay) May 17, 2017
— Sam Patterson (@sam0007ster) May 17, 2017
— Louis (@lph_LFC) May 17, 2017
@Kuyt thank you for all the memories! Ending your illustrious career on a high. Enjoy your retirement. You will forever an Lfc legend.
— Sav Patel (@Savking79) May 17, 2017
Enjoy your retirement @Kuyt Fought for the shirt in every game he played And the hat trick against the scum wasn't bad either YNWA
— JurgensRedArmy (@LFC5times0) May 17, 2017
Dirk Kuyt is surely the most underrated Liverpool player of recent years, he gave absolutely everything to us #LFC
— Tom (@thomaslethardy) May 17, 2017
Throughout his career, Kuyt made a huge total of 782 senior appearances, having a hand in 450 goals, scoring 281 himself and providing 149 assists in all competitions.
Kuyt will now remain with Feyenoord in technical-management role.
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