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Gerrard pleased to have taken part of Kuyt’s testimonial match

during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Feyenoord Rotterdam and SC Heracles Almelo held at De Kuip or Stadion Feijenoord on May 14, 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Dirk Kuyt brought an end to his playing career by scoring a last-minute penalty in his testimonial match with former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard being among the participants

The Dutch forward officially retired at the end of last season after his hat-trick on the final day gave Feyenoord the league title.

A year later and Kuyt hosted a testimonial match on Sunday which featured past and present stars like  Jerzy Dudek, Ron Vlaar and Terence Kongolo, Wesley Sneijder and Phillip Cocu.

Gerrard, who played alongside Kuyt at Liverpool for six years, wore the Feyenoord jersey in the second half of the match and praised his former teammate.

“Feyenoord is a fantastic club with unbelievable fans,” he told the club website.

“As a good friend of Dirk’s I know what today means to him. Today is about showing respect for Dirk. He is a fabulous man and a good player. It’s great to be part of such a special day.”

The new Rangers boss has a lot of respect for Kuyt and has backed his next career move: “It’s fantastic for him to win the title; it will stay with him for the rest of this life. It’s good news that he’s moving into coaching next season, because he has a lot to give back to football.”