Former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has spoken to The Liverpool Echo regarding his life as a retired footballer and Jurgen Klopp’s reign at Anfield.
Kuyt described himself as a busy man since retiring, but he has still found a way to stay involved within the game.
“To be honest, my life changed a lot since I retired from professional football and I am quite busy,” Kuyt told The Liverpool Echo.
“I started the coaching programme to get my UEFA Pro Licence last year. I will become coach of Feyenoord’s under-19 team next season and I am looking forward to it.
“I published a book in May and I had the honour to play my testimonial match in the Feyenoord Stadium. Furthermore, we always have a lot of activities with the Dirk Kuyt Foundation.”
Kuyt said it was good to be reunited with his former teammates at his testimonial.
“I felt privileged to play my testimonial match in front of 40.000 fans. Playing alongside former Liverpool team-mates like Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Jerzy Dudek, Andy Carroll, Ryan Babel, Luis Garcia, Fabio Aurelio, Yossi Benayoun and Craig Bellamy for the last time… wow, that was absolutely fantastic,” said Kuyt.
When asked about the two Dutchmen in Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum, Kuyt was complimentary of the two.
“They both do very well at Anfield and play a lot of matches as starting players,” said Kuyt.
“I think Virgil is a great player, has the right mentality and already proved his value since he moved to Liverpool. Gini has the same mentality and is a player with the lungs of a horse.
“They both started in the final of the Champions League, and I still think we were very unlucky in that match.”
The overall brand of Jurgen Klopp’s team has been what has impressed Kuyt the most since the German has taken over.
“It’s nice to see the intensity all 11 players show on the pitch. That really is a trademark of Jurgen Klopp’s teams,” said Kuyt.
“Attackers like Mo Salah and Sadio Mane do their defensive actions, even from one side to the other when the opponent is counter attacking. Great to see that passion in the team.
“I like the way Klopp approaches football.”
Kuyt did touch on the Champions League final claiming Liverpool were unlucky against Real Madrid, but he believes good things are still to come under the German manager.
“There are a lot of rumours and we will see which players will come to Anfield. If the core of the team stays together for a longer period, good things can happen,” said Kuyt.