Merseyside derby

Kuyt vows to make amends in Everton re-run

January 21, 2009

Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt has vowed that Liverpool will ''put things right'' when they next face Everton in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round clash at Anfield.

A disappointing Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton on Monday in the Premier League, the first of two Merseyside derbies in a week.

Liverpool were stunned by a late Tim Cahill equaliser from a set-piece.

''We wanted to beat them and thought we could win - but now we want put things right on Sunday,'' said Kuyt. ''We will learn from the mistakes we made against them, and we will be ready for them in the cup game.''

The loss of two league points is nonetheless a cause for regret for Liverpool, who would have gone back to the top of the table had they hung on to beat Everton.

''We are very disappointed at the moment,'' Kuyt confirmed. ''We controlled the game, had some good chances and scored a great goal through Stevie (Gerrard) - so it is difficult to accept that kind of result when you concede so late in the game.

''We deserved to win. They had two good chances, but overall we were the better team. We created a lot of chances, and are really disappointed that we didn't win.''

Liverpool are heartened, however, to have an early opportunity to set the record straight next weekend.

''We have to keep going and keep looking forward,'' added Kuyt. ''Obviously there is still a long way to go and a lot of games to play. We dropped two points - but now we just have to look towards the next game.''

The Reds know their neighbours cannot wait to inflict more damage.

Rafael Benitez expects to change his side from the one that was held on Monday - with Alvaro Arbeloa, Javier Mascherano and Daniel Agger all in contention to return.

''We may have to play with different players for the cup tie on Sunday - because afterwards we have two important games, the following week at Wigan and then at home to Chelsea,'' the manager explained.

''We have players coming back from injury, and it is important that they get the chance to play matches like the cup tie.

''We expect Everton to play in a similar way - they do it well and they have been successful here.

''But we have had the likes of Martin Skrtel, Fernando Torres and Alvaro Arbeloa all returning from injuries - and they are all much closer to their best now.''