Dirk Kuyt: Liverpool squad is looking strong again

Midfielder believes Liverpool are well-equipped to challenge for the top honours in seasons to come

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Kuyt has only started three of Liverpool's six league games this season Photo: k1ngk0ng, via Flickr

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Dirk Kuyt believes Liverpool have regained some of the strength in depth that helped The Reds challenge for the Premier League title in recent seasons.

The Merseysiders brought in seven new faces over the summer as Kenny Dalglish attempts to steer the Anfield club back on course to fight for major honours, with securing Champions League football their immediate priority.

Kuyt, who was brought to the club by Rafael Benítez in 2006, believes Liverpool have now gone some way towards building a strong enough squad to compete for the top prizes.

“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 told LFC TV. “The players realise at the end of the day you need more than 11 good players to be successful.

“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.”

The 31-year-old, who has only started half of the Reds’ six top flight games this season, admits he has been frustrated by a lack of first-team action but is determined to earn back his regular spot in Dalglish’s side.

He added: “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.”

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