Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has admitted he expected to feature in the FA Cup semi-final win over Everton and was not happy that Kenny Dalglish failed to use him.


The Reds manager opted to leave the Dutchman on the bench for the 2-1 win at Wembley on Saturday and the former Feyenoord man admitted surprise at being overlooked.


Kuyt has traditionally been one of the Anfield club’s first names on the team sheet in big games, but he has seen his influence wane somewhat this season and he is determined to work his way to back to that position of prominence.


“I am proud that, after the Champions League final and the final of the Carling Cup, for the third time I am with Liverpool in a final,” he said in the Liverpool Echo.


“But it is a disappointment that I did not play (against Everton). I expected to come on, and if that happens, you hope to be the first to come on. But that was not to be.”


Dalglish opted for Craig Bellamy and Maxi Rodriguez as attacking options off of the bench as the Reds won with a late headed goal from striker Andy Carroll.


Kuyt feels he has made a number of key contributions to Liverpool’s cup runs this season and wants to have the chance to make another.


“There have been some important moments for me in the FA Cup, such as my goal against Manchester United (in round four),” he added.


“I will do everything to ensure that in the third final I prove my worth with a goal.”

Liverpool will meet Chelsea in the final on May 5 after the Blues romped to a 5-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the other semi-final.

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