Liverpool cult hero on his 100th cap: 'A special day for me'

Dirk Kuyt Netherlands

Dirk Kuyt won his 100th cap for The Netherlands against Mexico yesterday.

Liverpool snapped up Dutchman Dirk Kuyt from Feyenoord as a goalscorer.

But at Liverpool he was transformed into a hard-working, high pressing, forward - with a penchant for scoring in the important games. It was this and his tireless hard work which made him something of a cult hero at Anfield. Indeed when you mention Kuyt, who won the League Cup during his time on Merseyside, to a Liverpool fan they might go as far as to call him a legend.

He left the club for Fenerbahce in 2012 and has been impressive in the Turkish league, but he remains an important member of the Dutch national team - adding experience to the blend of youth Louis van Gaal is trying to bring through.

Yesterday Kuyt put on one of his most impressive performances yet. By the end of the game against Mexico, Kuyt laid out on the floor breathing heavily - almost collapsing after 90 minutes in 32 degree heat.

But it was a special game for more than one occasion, as it was Kuyt's 100th game for Oranje.

Speaking about the game Kuyt said:

"It's amazing, a special day for me. To become the seventh player in the history of Dutch football to reach 100 caps, and to finish the game like that, is amazing. I'm a very proud person; I'm very proud of the team and the team spirit. We kept fighting until the end and we're very happy with the result."

Kuyt now joins the likes Phillip Cocu, Gio van Bronckhorst, Rafael van der Vaart, Frank de Boer and Edwin van der Sar in triple figures.

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