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By ESPN Staff
Apr 16, 2011

Kuyt extends Liverpool deal

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has agreed a one-year contract extension to remain at Anfield until 2013, his management company has announced.

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The Netherlands international, who joined the Reds from Feyenoord in 2006, was contracted until next summer but has been rewarded for his form this season.

In a statement issued by Sport-Promotion, Kuyt said: "I am very happy. We have spent a long time (in discussions) but always with the intention to reach an agreement. All the conversations were conducted in a friendly atmosphere. It fits perfectly with the feeling I got at this club. Since the day I first walked in, I felt welcome. That feeling has never left.''

The release added that Kuyt had been discussing new terms with the club for the past month.

Kuyt, 30, who played in the World Cup final with Netherlands last summer, has struck 11 times for the Reds in all competitions this season.

He scored his first hat-trick for the club in last month's impressive Premier League win over Manchester United and has since followed up with further goals against Sunderland and Manchester City.

Yet it is not principally for goals that Kuyt has earned a regular starting place in his five seasons at Anfield, but his all-round contribution and tireless workrate. Although signed as a striker in a £9 million deal, Kuyt has been deployed most successfully in a right-sided midfield role.

Manager Kenny Dalglish was quoted in the Sport-Promotion release as saying: "He never gives up, fights with everything and he is simply a good footballer. He scores goals and it's as simple as that, and often in major competitions or at crucial moments, like the recent Manchester United game. Dirk is happy with the extension, and I am sure we will enjoy having him.''

Liverpool's squad were at Anfield on Friday for a memorial service to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. They return to the field on Sunday with a tough game at title-chasing Arsenal.

The Merseyside club have a poor away record against the Gunners having not won against them in north London since a 1-0 victory at the old Highbury ground in 2000.

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