Kuyt: I am proud to be a Liverpudlian - my kids even speak scouse!
Published 23:08 23/01/10 By Simon Mullock
Dirk Kuyt says he feels more like a Liverpudlian than a Dutchman – because even his kids speak with a Scouse accent.
Kuyt immersed himself in Merseyside life from the moment he moved to Liverpool from Feyenoord in a £10million deal three-and-a-half-years ago.
While many foreign players head for the cosmopolitan shopping streets of Manchester or the leafy lanes of Cheshire, the 29-year-old has ensconced himself in a Liverpool suburb.
A friend still brings Dutch delicacies over from Holland, but the Kuyt family enjoy nothing better than a trip to the local fish and chip shop.
Kuyt has become something of a cult hero with the Kop – and no wonder when he says: “When I moved to England with my family we tried to keep Dutch as our main language in the house. But that has been impossible.
“My eldest daughter Noelle is fluent in English now. In fact, it’s not so much English she speaks as Scouse.
“What makes it even madder is that she talks in a genuine local dialect.
“Scousers talk with some sounds that are similar to Dutch and my daughter is a proper Scouser.
“When we go on holiday she has to speak in a proper English accent so people can understand her. It cracks me up, it is so funny. I must admit that I have become a bit of a Scouser too. I keep noticing I think in English, I count in English.
“Our youngest kids Roan and Jordan have English names and because they were born in Liverpool — they are genuine Scousers.
“We all feel so much at home here. We hardly ever visit Holland these days.”
Kuyt, whose two goals in midweek against Tottenham revived Liverpool’s season, will lead Holland’s attack at the World Cup next summer. He added: “My food tastes are still very Dutch and my friend Willem brings me my favourite things over from my home village every week.
“But in our house I am the fish and chips man.
“Every Friday I bring chips for the family.
“I have to stick with the pasta because we usually have a game the next day, but when the match against Spurs was called off recently I got stuck in as well.”
Kuyt believes it is the city’s togetherness that has enabled Liverpool to emerge from the crisis that threatened to wreck their season.
Kuyt said: “The fans at Liverpool illustrate what the club is about. I’ve been to a few clubs and in the bad times you get nothing but flak.
'But here? The fans of Liverpool tell you to keep going. They wish you all the best even when things are going badly and you know they are hurting.Amazing.”