Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt has revealed that he would like to stay at Anfield for the rest of his career, but wants to be playing every game.
Kuyt has not been an automatic starter for Kenny Dalglish this season, with competition for places at Liverpool even greater following the summer arrival of midfield trio Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing.
And Kuyt says he is more than happy to commit to the Reds, but doesn’t want to end up the club’s resident benchwarmer.
He told the Daily Mirror, “I want to play every game. It is very disappointing when I don’t – like the Carling Cup final for instance.”
Kuyt came off the bench to score in extra time of that game, and eventually winning his first trophy since arriving at the club in 2006.
The Dutchman turns 32 later this year but his fitness remains superb, he explained, “From my point of view I’m feeling really well physically, I don’t think I’ve ever felt stronger, and I’m ready to play games, I am ready to play every game of the season. For me it is all about trying to convince the manager he needs to pick me more than he does at the moment.
“I can see myself staying at Anfield for the rest of my career, as long as I am satisfied and am entitled to play in each game to get to the level I want to be.
“As long as I play as much as I want to play then I will be happy, but if it gets to the point where I am not playing every game any more, then maybe I will have to make another decision – but I don’t think about that at this stage.”
The Reds are at QPR tomorrow night and Kuyt could be in line with a return to the starting eleven with games arriving fast after another at the moment.