Dirk Kuyt extends Liverpool contract until 2013

Dirk Kuyt
Kuyt joined Liverpool from Feyenoord five years ago

Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has agreed a one-year contract extension to remain at Anfield until 2013.

The 30-year-old, who has been at the club since signing from Feyenoord in 2006, would have been out of contract at the end of next season.

"I'm very happy. We spent a long time in discussions but always with the plan to reach an agreement," said Kuyt.

"It fits with the feeling I got at the club. Since the day I first came in, I felt welcome. That's never left."

Kuyt, who played in the World Cup final with Holland last summer, has struck 11 times for the Reds in all competitions this season and scored his first Liverpool hat-trick in the win over Manchester United last month.

Despite having been signed as a striker, Kuyt's greatest success has been as a right-sided midfielder.

"He never gives up, fights with everything and he is simply a good footballer," said manager Kenny Dalglish.

"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."

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