Dirk Kuyt has completed a transfer to Turkish side Fenerbahce, signing a three-year deal and ending his six year stay at Liverpool.
The Dutch forward had hinted he may leave Anfield this summer after struggling to keep his first team place in recent years and under the management of Kenny Dalglish.
The 31-year-old made 285 appearances for the Reds, scoring 71 goals.
The likeable Dutchman said “After six years, I am ready for a new challenge.”
Kuyt is allowed to leave Merseyside just two days after the Reds appointed new manager, Brendan Rodgers.
Kuyt has be through some highs and lows with Liverpool, scoring in a European Cup Final in 2007 – as the Reds crashed to AC Milan in Athens – and helping the Reds with a vital extra-time goal against Cardiff in this year’s triumphant Carling Cup Final at Wembley.
Reds captain Steven Gerrard paid tribute to Kuyt on the official LFC website;
“Dirk is a great player, a great person and was a great servant to Liverpool.
“From the first day he came to the club, he was someone you could trust and knew that he would never let you down on the pitch.
“I know how much scoring against Cardiff in the Carling Cup Final meant to him but he was already assured a part of the club’s history even before helping win that trophy.
“I will miss him around the place and I wish him and his family all the best in Turkey.”
Good luck, Dirk. Thanks for everything. YNWA.