Dirk Kuyt insists the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager has nothing to do with his decision to join Fenerbahce.
The Turkish giants have announced the signing of the Holland striker on a three-year contract, ending his six-year spell on Merseyside.
The 31-year-old found first-team starts limited under Kenny Dalglish last season, and even the Scot's departure, and the arrival of Rodgers as his replacement on Friday, could not stop him leaving.
"After six years I am ready for a new challenge," Kuyt said on the website of his management, Sport Promotion.
"(The club and supporters) I will always carry in my heart.
"The appointment of the new coach has nothing to do with it. But when Fenerbahce came to me and made their ambitions known, from the first moment I was sold. They give me the confidence that I lost."
Kuyt, who had a year to run on his Anfield contract, had been expected to leave Merseyside this summer after a season in which he scored just two Premier League goals.
He claimed last week he had attracted interest from a host of clubs across Europe.
He was strongly linked with Hamburg and a return to former club Feyenoord, although he ruled out the latter, saying they would not be able to afford his wages.
He has opted for a move to Istanbul, though, possibly attracted by the prospect of Champions League football next season.
Fener will enter the preliminary rounds of the competition after finishing runners-up to Galatasaray in the Super Lig.
Kuyt is currently preparing for Euro 2012 with Holland and a delegation from the Turkish club travelled to Amsterdam to seal the deal.
The striker said on Fener's official website: "It's a very happy and proud moment. I am very happy to be part of such a big club."
He revealed he was encouraged to make the move by former Feyenoord team-mate Pierre van Hooijdonk, who spent two seasons at the Istanbul club.
"Pierre said that Fenerbahce is a wonderful experience," Kuyt said.
Kuyt leaves Liverpool having won just one trophy in six seasons on Merseyside, the Carling Cup last season, when he scored in the penalty shoot-out win over Cardiff.
The Dutchman scored 71 goals in 285 games for the Reds.
He was never as prolific at Anfield as he was during his time in his homeland, although he was often played out wide.
Liverpool paid tribute to Kuyt's contribution, saying in a statement on their website: "Everyone at Liverpool Football Club would like to wish Dirk all the very best for the future and thank him for his contribution to the club."
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Good Luck Dirk! Thank you for the loyal service. But don't come back and score aginst us. OK!!!!
Good luck Dirk!!! Wish you'd stayed at the Mighty Reds! Always gave 110%.....Fantastic!!! The winner against the Manc rubbish in the cup this season a great way to sign off!!
sad loss for us, sadly not used enough take some replaceing but good luck for the future dirk
one of the few who wore the liverpool badge with heart all the best for the future and thank you
Good luck Dirk, i wish you all the best but it now shows a lack of ambition in our once mighty club. Kuyt in my eyes should have played every game he was fit for, he is a class act and i have never seen a player like him since Craig Johnson in the 80's. i hope one day he comes back to haunt us and show the directors of our club how pathetic they are. once again good luck Dirk
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