The Dutchman’s versatility means he has been a permanent fixture in the side since his arrival. Under former boss Rafael Benitez, Kuyt was predominantly used on the right wing; however he has also played up front recently as well as in the past. Kuyt has hardly proved to be a prolific goalscorer over the past five years; however he does have a knack of scoring key goals, proved by his Champions League strikes in the past. Although Kuyt is not the electric quick winger this Liverpool side are so desperately in need of, he does provide stability on the right hand side and plays an important role in setting up attacks.
The Holland international is renowned for his commitment to the Reds and the kind gesture of clapping the fans after away games. Despite the arrival of England international Andy Carroll and former Ajax forward Luis Suarez, Kuyt still has a key role to play at the club, either as a winger or as a backup for the strikers. Therefore, the fact that contract discussions are taking place should come as no real surprise to supporters.
Meanwhile, Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani could return to Anfield at the end of the season. The former Roma man joined Liverpool last summer, but his career on Merseyside was hit by injuries. He was loaned out to Juventus at the start of the season and it has been reported that the Italian side have agreed a £10m fee with the Reds to make the signing permanent. However, recent reports suggest that the Old Lady will test Liverpool’s resolve by trying to slash that agreed fee in half.
Such a low fee would undoubtedly leave Liverpool with a huge loss, and the Reds may not be willing to be held to ransom by Juventus. Aquilani has done well so far this campaign and the Anfield outfit could allow him to return to Merseyside and prove his worth. Besides, the Reds were eyeing up Charlie Adam in January, and Aquilani plays in the same position and has similar qualities, therefore he could solve that dilemma. A midfield trio of Gerrard, Meireles and Aquilani could prove to be lethal.
Liverpool supporters were dismayed at Aquilani’s transfer fee when he joined the Reds initially, however he did show glimpses of quality at Anfield during the few games he played last season. Aquilani continues to impress at Juventus and providing he can keep fit, the Italian could become a key player for the Reds if he returns. If Liverpool cave in to Juventus’ demands, then questions will undoubtedly be asked of the club’s management staff and new owners.