He’s a nice guy! Kuyt defends Liverpool’s ‘misunderstood’ Suárez
Fenerbahce striker Dirk Kuyt says Liverpool striker Luis Suárez is "a nice man", adding his former team-mate is just misunderstood
Dirk Kuyt has described his former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suárez as a “nice man”, with the Fenerbahce forward insisting the Uruguayan is just misunderstood.
The South American, who has scored 23 goals this season, has been a controversial figure since completing a £22.75m switch to the Reds from Ajax in January 2011.
Suárez has been regularly criticised for simulation and also received an eight-game ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra in game with Manchester United in October 2011.
Kuyt, who submitted a statement to the FA following the Evra incident, is pleased to see the Liverpool forward recover from that setback and enjoy a prolific season for the Reds.
“It was one of the most disappointing things I have been through in my career at Liverpool because I think all of the things were taken so out of control,” told BBC Sport.
“I know Luis, he is a good man. People just understand him wrong and that is all I wanted to explain for my part.
“Unfortunately, things did not go as I thought they should go, but this is football again.
“I think that Luis is past it [the incident] and he is having a very good season at the moment.
“He is the type of player, the way he plays, that people can hate him, but a lot of people love him. This happens sometimes in football.
“But outside of the pitch he is such a nice man, he is very good for everyone and has no bad intention whatsoever.”
Kuyt scored 71 goals in 286 appearances for Liverpool before moving to Fenerbahce in the summer following Brendan Rodgers’s arrival.