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Last Updated: Friday, 18 August 2006, 11:19 GMT 12:19 UK
Liverpool complete deal for Kuyt
Dirk Kuyt
Kuyt has scored four goals in 17 games for Holland
Liverpool have completed the signing of striker Dirk Kuyt from Feyenoord.

The 26-year-old passed a medical on Thursday before completing a deal which is believed to be worth about 10m.

Kuyt said he was not worried by the pressure of joining Liverpool and added: I have scored plenty of goals in Holland and aim to do the same here.

"It is not important who scores as long as the team wins. But I know I can score goals and make goals and I expect to score a lot of goals in England."

Reds boss Rafael Benitez told Liverpool's official website he was delighted to sign Kuyt and added: "He will be a good player for us.

"He's a player with good game intelligence. He knows what to do with the ball and without the ball and he's also a very good worker."

Liverpool is sure to be the dream club I was looking for

Dirk Kuyt

Liverpool's capture of Kuyt ends a summer-long chase for the Dutch international, who was also linked with Tottenham.

Feyenoord were desperate to hold on to the striker, who appeared for Holland at the World Cup, but admitted defeat on Thursday.

Benitez added: "His movement is good, his finishing is fantastic and I know he will score a lot of goals for us because we now have more possibilities in the wide areas and also between the lines."

Kuyt previously said Liverpool were the club he had dreamed about joining.

"For me, Liverpool is sure to be the dream club I was looking for," Kuyt told the Reds' website.

"There was more interest from abroad, but for me there was nothing of the calibre of Liverpool, a brilliant club with an enormous reputation."

He added that Dutch coach Marco van Basten also recommended that he should join the Anfield side.

"He thinks I have become too big for football in Holland and I need a move to a bigger club. And he thinks Liverpool is a good club for me," added Kuyt.


The striker is in contention to play in Liverpool's Premiership opener against Sheffield United on Saturday, although he is more likely to begin on the bench.

Feyenoord chairman Jorien van den Herik said he was disappointed to lose Kuyt.

"We went a long way to doing that and Dirk was open to that, but we knew that the chance was he would leave if his dream club came in. Liverpool is his dream club.

"Many clubs have tried to contact Dirk over the recent period, but he's said no to clubs every time.

"That characterises Dirk's attitude: either Feyenoord or my dream club."

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