Liverpool legend retires, the Reds are represented at Wembley, and another friendly is announced

Afternoon Bulletin

Kuyt hangs up his boots

Former Liverpool forward, and fans favourite, Dirk Kuyt, has announced his retirement from professional football. Kuyt spent six years at Anfield between 2006 and 2012, making 285 appearances and scoring 71 goals. He will be fondly remembered by Liverpool fans for his incredible work ethic and for playing a vital role in the 2012 League Cup win.

Kuyt represented his country 104 times and finished his playing career in his native Holland with Feyenoord, the club whom he left to join the Reds. In his final professional match, Kuyt bagged himself a hat-trick to ensure Feyenoord secured their 15th Eredivise title. The Dutchman will stay and train with his club, with a view to become a member of the technical management team.

Ward is off to Wembley

Liverpool loanee Danny Ward is headed to Wembley to take part in the Championship play-off final with Huddersfield Town. The goalkeeper missed the first leg of the semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday through suspension, but returned for the second leg where he made himself a hero. Ward saved two penalties in the shootout to send his adoptive club through to the most expensive game in football. Huddersfield will face Reading for the final spot in next season’s Premier League.

Sessegnon still the main target

It is understood that Ryan Sessegnon remains Liverpool’s number one left back target for the summer. It was expected that the Reds would announce the signing of Andy Robertson when the window opened, but there are many conflicting reports surrounding that story. Instead the 17-year-old is expected to be chased by many Premier League clubs, given Fulham’s failure to secure promotion. Sessegnon would be a perfect partner for makeshift left-back James Milner, next season.

Anniversary clash in Berlin

Liverpool will face Hertha Berlin in July in a special anniversary preseason friendly. Both clubs are celebrating 125 years since their establishment, and will compete under the banner “Celebrating football since 1892”. The fixture will take place at the Olympiastadion Berlin.

2017/18 kit available tomorrow

The official home kit for the 2017/18 campaign will go on sale for the first time tomorrow. The full strip will be available to purchase online and in official club stores, in time for when the first team debut the kit against Middlesbrough on Sunday.