Liverpool signs Feyenoord striker Kuyt

August 18, 2006

LIVERPOOL, England -- Liverpool have signed Netherlands striker Dirk Kuyt from Dutch side Feyenoord, the Premier League club said on Friday.

Kuyt signed a four-year contract, with British newspapers reporting the deal worth around $18.96 million.

The 26-year-old, who played in the Netherlands' 4-0 friendly win over Ireland on Wednesday, said Dutch national team coach Marco van Basten had advised him to move to Anfield.

"Marco van Basten thinks it is a very good move not only for myself but for the Dutch national team as well," Kuyt told reporters on Friday.

"He thinks I'm too big for the Dutch league and believes I have moved to the best club for me."

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez believes Kuyt can add a new dimension to his forward line, playing alongside either Peter Crouch, Robbie Fowler or Craig Bellamy.

"He'll score a lot of goals for us," said Benitez.

"He's a player with good game intelligence. He knows what to do with the ball and without the ball and he's also a very good worker.

"We have very good strikers but I needed another kind of striker. He can give us something different. He has good movement and is a good finisher."

Liverpool are waiting for international clearance before deciding if Kuyt will play in their league opener against Sheffield United on Saturday.

Kuyt is hoping to emulate his fellow Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy, who was one of the league's leading scorers at Manchester United before moving to Real Madrid last month.

"Ruud is an idol of mine. He is having a fantastic career and it would be great if I had the same career he has had in England," Kuyt said.

"I believe my playing style is suited to the Premiership and I am glad to come to Liverpool because I have a good feeling for the club."