Dirk Kuyt complains over Liverpool snub

27 September 2011 09:19
Dirk Kuyt is the first player to voice his discontent at Anfield this season after the Dutch star revealed his 'disappointment' after being dropped by boss Kenny Dalglish.

Despite starting four of Liverpool's eight games so far this season, the 31-year-old forward admitted his frustration after losing his starting place in the 2-1 win over Wolves last weekend having scored against Brighton in the Carling Cup in midweek.

Kuyt has fallen behind the likes of Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing in the pecking order.

Sitting out: Dirk Kuyt was on the substitutes bench alongside captain Steven Gerrard for Saturday's win over Wolves

But the Holland international insists he is determined to force his way back into Dalglish's plans in time for this Saturday's big Barclays premier league Merseyside derby against Everton.

'I'm disappointed to be out of the team,' said Kuyt.

'From childhood, I've always been disappointed when I'm not in the team because I'm desperate to be involved and make a good contribution.

'But it also makes me very determined too. I need to continue to prove myself, train as hard as possible and, when I do play, make sure my performance is of a high standard.'

On target: Kuyt scored in the Carling Cup third round win over Brighton

Kuyt, who signed for Liverpool for ?9million from Feyenoord in 2006, believes the Reds now have a strong squad and can compete for silverware this season.

'Competition is tough now but it's brilliant for the club that there are so many players to choose from now, top-class international players,' he added.

'The players realise at the end of the day you need more than 11 good players to be successful.

Head boy: Kuyt wants to be a starting regular at Anfield under manager Kenny Dalglish

'When I first arrived here we had a very good, big squad but for the last two seasons before this one, we haven't had the depth that we did in the first three seasons'.

'Someone like Craig Bellamy is a strong addition to what is already a very strong squad, and that can only be good for the team. We definitely have better quality now and more players to choose from as well.

'I think with the signings we've made, we have a great squad now so we should be ambitious and have confidence in ourselves.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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