Kuyt tells Depay why he should pick Liverpool over Man United

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The Liverpool cult hero has told his fellow Dutchman that a switch to Anfield may be more beneficial to his development.

Netherlands international winger Memphis Depay is one of the most sought after young players in Europe right now after a phenomenal year that started with an impressive showing in the World Cup last summer.

Now, with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham all chasing him, former Reds favourite Dirk Kuyt has had his say on where the 20-year-old should move, telling De Telegraaf of the advantages of picking Anfield over linking up with his former national boss Louis van Gaal.

“I look through red glasses, because I played six years for Liverpool," said Kuyt. "Only when Memphis does that, will he realise how big Liverpool is.

"Of course it would be an advantage at Manchester United that he knows the trainer. On the other hand it is important at his age that he plays every week… only that way can he develop.”

Depay has been in scintillating form for PSV this season, and helped the Eredivisie side to their first league title in several years when they beat Heerenveen last week.

Kuyt, who is rejoining his former club Feyenoord in the summer after a three year spell with Fenerbahce, is one of the most high profile Dutch players to have ever played for Liverpool, and it is no surprise that he is so fond of his time at Anfield.

The striker only won the League Cup during his time at the club, but he did finish runner up to both the Premier League and Champions League.

His point about Depay needing to play every week is a valid one. When Steven Gerrard leaves Liverpool this summer, the club will have a vacancy for both an iconic attacking figure, as well as a regular goal provider (Gerrard is still second top scorer this season). It is likely, as Kuyt says, that he will get significantly more game time at Anfield than he would at Old Trafford, where United also have the likes of Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata, a revitalised Ashley Young, and their own starlet in Adnan Januzaj, all vying for minutes.

It is likely that we won't find out until the summer as to what Depay chooses to do, but if Kuyt is picking up the phone to make his point, then it wouldn't be a surprise to see the PSV star wind up in the red of Liverpool.

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