Jamie Carragher hopes he will be provided with an opportunity to prove he is worthy of a starting place in the FA Cup final in Liverpool's next two Premier League fixtures.

The Reds face Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday and Fulham at Anfield on Tuesday, before meeting Chelsea at Wembley the following weekend.

Carragher has not been a guaranteed starter under Kenny Dalglish this season, but did feature from the outset in Liverpool's defeat of Everton in the FA Cup semi-final.

The veteran centre-back was not, however, included in last weekend's surprise defeat against West Brom, although could be in contention for the encounter with Norwich.

Carragher knows places for the final are up for grabs in Liverpool's next two games, and will do all he can to ensure he will be walking out at Wembley on May 5.

The 34-year-old is, however, firmly focused on taking maximum points against Norwich and Fulham, but realises a good performance against either of the two may encourage Dalglish to include him in the final.

"It's all to play for in terms of cup final places," he told the official Liverpool website.

"But we're going into these games to get three points because we need to move up the table. Of course, if you perform well in these games, you have a greater chance of playing in the final.

"And certainly, we all want to play in the big games. There are two games now before the final and I'm sure the manager will mix it up because the Fulham game is just before the cup final.

"Saturday's match could have a similar effect to the Blackburn game. If you look at that game, I think a few of the players forced themselves into the side against Everton through their performances against Blackburn."

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