Kuyt is now Feyenoord’s U19 coach and is looking forward to a reunion at Ibrox this week as Rangers host the Dutch outfit in the Europa League.
The pair played together for more than six years and Kuyt’s fondness of Gerrard is long-standing, ever since Gerrard took Kuyt under his wing at Anfield in 2006.
“I have been able to play with many big players at Liverpool, with Torres, Suarez, Alonso and Mascherano. In the Dutch national team with Van Persie, Robben and Sneijder,” Kuyt told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
“But in many ways, Gerrard has remained the most special player for me.
“He also had everything, he could give a pass over 40 meters, tackle, score, 50 metres back, it was sometimes not normal.”
Kuyt, 39, who scored 45 goals for the Reds in a six-season spell, points to one moment, which he still remembers vividly to this day, that demonstrated why Gerrard’s mindset was exceptional.
Kuyt, as translated by Sport Witness, said: “The most special moment took place when, just at the club, I saw a list of sixteen names hanging in the dressing room for the game selection. Gerrard was not among them.
“If that had happened to me at Feyenoord, I would have gone mad. Gerrard turned around, said nothing, went home and trained the balls from his pants the next day. He showed the only mentality needed to get the most out of a team.
“In the Netherlands, players always want to blame everything and everyone if they don’t play. Gerrard just accepted it. He didn’t want to let the team suffer. I have never forgotten that. Everyone should propagate that mentality to achieve the maximum together.”