Dutchmen could face each other at White Hart Lane
Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has issued a warning to his team-mates urging them to be cautious of their former allies if they are to battle out a win against Tottenham at White Hart Lane this coming Sunday.
It used to be Steven Gerrard and Xavi Alonso providing the free kicks and corners to Peter Crouch to nod onto Kuyt himself, but it is now fellow countryman Rafael van der Vaart of Spurs who will be singling out Crouch at the back post, looking to benefit from all six foot seven inches of him.
Crouch and Real Madrid summer signing Van der Vaart have formed a lethal partnership since the Dutchman arrived at White Hart Lane, scoring 16 goals between them and a handful of assists.
Kuyt has warned his team-mates to be wary of the duo, insisting that their defending will have to be on top form to keep them from adding to their tally.
"Rafael is a great player," the 30-year-old told the Reds' official website.
"As far as I know he's scored in every game at home for Spurs this season."
Van der Vaart’s services cost Spurs £8 million this summer, and has scored in every home game except once against Blackburn a few weeks ago, yet opted for a couple of assists for Gareth Bale instead.
"That's unbelievable for the type of player he is, because he's not really a striker. He's always looking for opportunities and to give opportunities to his team-mates."
"I haven't spoken to him for a while but I've watched him. He's a great player and one of the reasons Rafael is playing well is because of Crouch," said Kuyt.
"He sets him up all the time. After every long ball the header automatically goes to Rafael and he scores. It reminded me of when I was playing with Crouch [for Liverpool] because he set me up with a couple of goals as well. They are a great duo."
Kuyt has scored four times in the previous eight encounters, and is hoping to add to his goal kitty on Sunday.
"We know Spurs have a good team but we've also got good players and I'm confident we can go there and get a good result."
Having scored on his return last week in a 3-0 win against West Ham, Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson will have to cope with the Premier League's player of the moment, Gareth Bale, on Sunday. Both are very attacking players and it will surely produce something of a spectacle.
Kuyt has moved up to 187 from 221 in the latest Castrol Rankings.