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Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt joins Steven Gerrard in signing new deal
Published : 03 Apr 2009 15:04:58Rss feed
The 28-year-old's current deal was due to expire at the end of next season and manager Rafael Benitez is delighted Kuyt has committed his long-term future to Liverpool. "This is another great piece of news for the club," said Benitez. "Dirk had one year left on his contract and we were keen for him to stay. Related ArticlesGerrard agrees new dealGerrard denies nightclub attackBenitez: I almost quit Liverpool'Liverpool best in Europe'Benitez faces anxious international waitLiverpool look to future"He is a player with great quality who has a big part to play in our future. We are delighted to have reached an agreement. "To have announced new deals for Steven and Dirk on the same day shows how hard everyone is working and that we are moving forward quickly as a club. "These are very positive messages and I am very happy." Liverpool announced earlier today that Gerrard had signed a deal which will keep him at Anfield until 2013 with both players' futures being tied up as Benitez's first points of business after he himself agreed a long term deal with the club's owners. Kuyt joined Liverpool from Feyenoord in the summer of 2006 and has been transformed from a striker into a right-winger. He has scored 10 goals in 41 appearances for the Reds this season and has emerged as a key figure in Benitez's title-chasing team. Liverpool are currently one point behind Premier League leaders Manchester United having played a game more than their rivals.