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Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt commits future to Liverpool

Dirk Kuyt
Kuyt helped Netherlands reach the World Cup final

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has committed his future to the club.

The 30-year-old had been linked with a move to Inter Milan to be reunited with former Reds boss Rafael Benitez.

"As far as I know my future is at Liverpool," said Kuyt after helping the Reds beat Trabzonspor in their Europa League qualifier.

"I have had a great time here so far and hope my future here will be great as well and that I can win trophies with Liverpool."

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson welcomed Kuyt's comments but believes they were unnecessary from a player he regards as vital in his attempts to revitalise the Anfield club's fortunes.

"Dirk Kuyt is not for sale so excuse me for not understanding the speculation of being happy now he has said he is staying because I never doubted he was staying," said Hodgson.

To get a result here was something quite important and will stand us in good stead for plenty of other matches

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson

"Dirk is an important part of Liverpool, I've made it clear we don't welcome any offers for him and he's not for sale.

"As far as I'm concerned he is someone I believe in, someone I count on, and it is important we improve the team around the likes of Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Jose Reina and Kuyt and not sell them and start all over again."

Liverpool had gone a goal down against Trabzonspor as Teofilo Gutierrez cancelled out the Reds's slender first-leg advantage.

But an own goal from Giray Kacar late on and Kuyt's tap-in gave the Merseysiders victory as they completed a 3-1 aggregate win to earn a place in the group stages of the Europa League.

"We were looking down the barrel here coming to Trabzon," said Hodgson after Liverpool's first win over a Turkish side in Turkey.

"They were fresh off a win over Fenerbahce here, they are last season's champions, they don't lose at home and we beat them at home.

"To get a result here was something quite important and will stand us in good stead for plenty of other matches.

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"We had the toughest possible start but I thought we got over it and throughout the game played well.

"Quite frankly we should have had the game sewn up long before we did. But I was relieved."

Trabzonspor coach Senol Gunes was left ruing Liverpool's late show as his side failed in their attempts to cause an upset.

"I am really upset but I think we had a positive game and our players tried their best," said Gunes.

"Until the last 10 minutes we tried to control the midfield but we were really tired in the last few minutes. But I am grateful to our players and supporters."



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