Belfast Telegraph

Kuyt backs van Gaal for Liverpool

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt believes compatriot Louis van Gaal has the ideal experience to be a success at Anfield.

The 60-year-old Dutchman has been heavily linked with the new technical director role introduced by owners Fenway Sports Group, although reports in Holland suggest he would be more interested in the vacant manager's job. Kuyt, currently on international duty preparing for Euro 2012, gave his backing to the former Ajax and Bayern Munich boss.

"It is not usual for players to speak about candidates, but he is a Dutchman, has a great track record and has the experience that the club could put to good use," he was reported as saying by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

"At the moment, Liverpool have no coach or technical director.

"Each club benefits from structure. You look at the Dutch national team and see that consistency and clarity are important."

Kuyt seemed destined to be leaving Anfield this summer after his starting opportunities were reduced significantly last season, but has hinted he may be open to staying with a new manager coming in to replace Kenny Dalglish.

"The focus is entirely with the Dutch team but, before our training camp, I spoke with my agent and discussed what I wanted and I am not thinking about it until I can decide," he said.

"I think it's important there is someone who has confidence in me.

"And there must be genuine chance that I'm going to play as many matches as in the first five years."


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