By Harvey Byrne

Liverpool fans took to Twitter to talk up former players Brad Jones and Dirk Kuyt after they were confirmed in the Feyenoord line-up against rivals Manchester United on Thursday.

The Old Trafford side were drawn in the same group as the Dutch club in the Europa League as the two met in the Netherlands in the European competition.

Kuyt was named the Feyenoord captain for the clash, while Jones started the match in goal.

Liverpool fans took to social media after the line-ups were confirmed, hoping their former players would put in a good performance against their rival side.

Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Fan favourite Kuyt left Liverpool in 2012 for Turkish side Fenerbache before returning to Feyenoord in 2015.

The attacker moved to Anfield in 2006, featuring in 285 encounters during his six-year stay at the club scoring 71 goals.

Meanwhile, Jones was less impressive at the Merseysiders and came into some criticism from fans following his move from Middlesbrough in 2010.

The Australia international only featured in 27 encounters during his five-year stay at the club, eventually leaving for League One side Bradford.

He has since moved on to NEC Breda before joining current club Feyenoord.

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