Rafael Benitez: Dirk Kuyt Is Liverpool's 'Mr Duracell'

The Reds' boss believes the Dutchman is like a long-lasting battery.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is expected to oversee a summer of transfer turnaround, but one player who will likely keep his place in the Spaniard's exclusive list of undroppable commodities is hardworking and tireless forward Dirk Kuyt, whom he has today likened to a Duracell battery.

He explained to the Daily Telegraph, "You could call him Mr Duracell, because of the way he plays, always running and always on the go.

"But we knew when we signed him that he was that sort of player, because he has been doing it for years. He's done really well this year, creating things and scoring goals, but maybe that is because the team is doing better.

He continued, "You can use him in so many different ways so you can pretty much guarantee he will be in the starting line-up."

The former Feyenoord ace was initially criticised after his move to Merseyside, as many quarters considered his goal-return to be pitiful when compared to his prolific streak in the Netherlands' Eredivisie.

Benitez, though, has transformed Kuyt's game into more of a provider and a team-player, as opposed to his primary aim being that of a sole goal-scorer.

Kuyt has found the net on 14 occasions this term, and Benitez feels his engine, team-ethic, and work-rate, make it hard to drop the Dutchman.

Alan Dawson, Goal.com