Dutch international Dirk Kuyt has ruled out a return to former club Feyenoord, but is still expected to leave Anfield this summer.
Kuyt, who turns 32 this summer, believes he has more to offer a top European side and isn’t prepared to drop 80% of his wages just yet.
Kuyt told Dutch media;
“The fact I held talks with Feyenoord indicates I wanted to give it a serious chance. But in many ways the gap is too great at this moment in time. If I returned to Holland, I would have to take an 80% cut in my Liverpool wages.
“If you are 35 or 36, you know your career is almost done. But I’m only 31 and in the prime of my life. I still have two or three years left at the top. I still have the ambition and fitness to play at the highest level, a club in a major competition or a big club with European ambitions.”
Despite being a peripheral figure this season, Kuyt has clocked up 44 appearances for Liverpool – only 5 more players have made more. Although, of those 44, only 25 were starts.
Bundesliga side Hamburg are interested in signing Kuyt, who is reported to have a €1m release clause he can activate this summer.