‘Every player can be the hero’ – Dirk Kuyt on the importance of substitutes in the cup final

Dirk Kuyt came off the bench in the 2012 League Cup Final to score in the game, shoot on goal and help Liverpool lift the trophy.

Writing for the Liverpool website, the Dutchman made it clear how important Jurgen Klopp’s entire squad is to them trying to beat Chelsea.

The 41-year-old wrote: “Everyone usually thinks of the first 11 players, but those on the bench can also be a game changer, winning games.”

“That can be Liverpool’s strength against Chelsea.

“Players who don’t start will obviously be very disappointed – they have to be.”

“But they have to be in a state of mind to be ready, to do everything for the team and to show the manager: ‘Listen, maybe you should kick me.

“You do this instead of, for example, saying things in the media or showing with your hands or your face that you are not satisfied…

“It will certainly be difficult for Jürgen Klopp to name the starting XI due to the strength of the squad at the moment.”

“But as I mentioned, every matchday player can be the hero.”

With up to five substitutions allowed, there will be plenty of opportunities for the roster to change and more players to step onto the Wembley turf.

Our former No.18 was gutted from missing the start of the final 10 years ago, but it’s up to the lads on the bench to replicate his outing and ensure they positively influence the result when they are called.

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