Dirk Kuyt is unhappy at situation

Liverpool attacker Dirk Kuyt has stated that he is not happy on the bench, as manager Kenny Dalglish has preferred other players in his starting XI in recent fixtures.

The Netherlands international has been an important man for the Anfield club since signing from Feyenoord in 2006, but has only started four out of the eight Liverpool games this season.

With the forward used to playing, he has aired his frustration at having to spend half his time on the sidelines.

“I’m disappointed to be out of the team,” he told The Daily Mail.

“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,” he stated.

Despite wanting to play, Kuyt admits that a more competitive squad can only be good for the Merseyside team.

“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.

“The players realise at the end of the day you need more than 11 good players to be successful,” he concluded.

Liverpool travel to Goodison Park for the Merseyside derby on Saturday, with Kuyt hoping to play his part in an away win.
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