Ex Liverpool star Dirk Kuyt paraded in front of Feyenoord fans

Dirk Kuyt 2

Like all new Feyenoord arrivals, Kuyt was flown into De Kuip in a helicopter, with the 34-year-old the real star of the show in Rotterdam.

Former Liverpool favourite Dirk Kuyt made a grand entrance to his second spell at Eredivisie side Feyenoord, entering the stadium in a helicopter to mark his return to Dutch football, alongside the club's other new signings and promoted youth team players.

The versatile 34-year-old has signed a one-year contract at his old side, after leaving Fenerbahce a fan favourite after a two year spell, something that is a common theme in Kuyt's career.

And he was reintroduced to his old fans in the traditional Feyenoord way, as a helicopter landed in the centre of the pitch, with Kuyt emerging in full kit to rapturous applause. But though the club always bring their new players to meet supporters in this way, it would be easy to think such an honour was a one time thing for someone as revered as Kuyt is in Rotterdam.

There are few players who are afforded so much affection at every one of the clubs they have turned out for, especially in the climate today where players are accused of dumping clubs, and therefore the supporters that follow them, in order to sign for a club that is offering more money.

Kuyt is obviously a special kind of dependable character to retain that sort of admiration, and you can bet that he is just as highly thought of at Anfield, where he spent six years and helped the club to both become Champions League finalists and Premier League runners up.

The former Netherlands star, who retired from international duty last summer, only spent three years at De Kuip ahead of his move to Anfield in 2006, but he scored 83 goals in 122 matches in that time.  

Kuyt emerged as a striker in the Eredivisie, scoring a hatful of goals for Utrecht before he was snapped up by Feyenoord, and once he secured a big move to the Premier League, he impressed the Liverpool faithful with not just goalscoring, including key strikes against Manchester United and Manchester City, but also his work rate and willingness to put the team first. 

It ended up with Kuyt utilising his pace, tenacity and determination in a variety of wide and midfield positions too, and even led to him featuring at right wingback for the Netherlands in the World Cup in Brazil last summer.

To be honest, it wouldn't matter which club he signed for, most of Kuyt's former teams and their supporters would lay on a helicopter to welcome him back to their stadium.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch