Dirk Kuyt is undoubtedly a Liverpool cult hero, but today revealed that he might never have played for the Reds.
- By Michael Statham
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In an interview with FourFourTwo, Kuyt revealed that he received interest from Martin Jol, then manager of Tottenham. “A year before I left for Liverpool, I had the opportunity to go to Tottenham Hotspur. But it was on the last day of the transfer window and at that time I did not want to leave Feyenoord,” admitted the 36-year-old.
“Liverpool was the most interested club after that, although the negotiations lasted a while. Other clubs were interested, such as Athlético Madrid. That is also a very nice club, but when I heard about the interest from Liverpool, they were the only club I wanted to go to. Since childhood I have always found them a nice club,” said the Feyenoord captain.
Kuyt is famed for his never-say-die attitude and his willingness to run all match every match. “I’ve always felt tremendously fit throughout my career,” stated Kuyt. “That said, I can’t remember many matches in which I have played totally pain free. If you want to achieve something, you have to make sacrificies and deal with the pain. I think I’ve played in only five to ten percent of my games totally pain free.”