Liverpool first-team coach Steve Clarke believes new signing Sebastian Coates could get into the Liverpool starting line-up immediately, liverpoolfc.tv reports.
The 20 year old was signed from Nacional to bolster the Reds defensive ranks ahead of the new season and after being named Young Player of the Tournament at this summer’s Copa America, Clarke believes that he is the qualities to cement himself as a regular in the Liverpool side.
Clarke said: ‘He’s a talented youngster and gives us different options at the back. He’s ready to play. He’s a full international and Uruguay are amongst the top five in the world, so they’re a strong international team. He’s ready to play if required, but we’ve also got many other centre-halves ready to play if required.
‘We look to sign youngsters that can improve and we looked at his performances throughout the Copa America. It’s certainly exciting’, the former Chelsea coach added.
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Bellamy: I signed for Kenny.
New Liverpool signing Craig Bellamy has revealed that the thought of being managed by Reds boss Kenny Dalglish was too good to refuse, The Liverpool Echo reports.
Bellamy made a surprise return to Anfield this week after his ill-fated single season at the club in the 2006/07 term. The Welshman scored 9 times in 42 appearances, but an incident with team-mate John Arne Riise practically ended his time at Anfield. The 32 year old has now been given a second chance by his boyhood side and is ready to join and perform.
The Welshman said: ‘I’ve grown up with Kenny Dalglish. To be signed by him is a massive honour. This is an exciting time. When Kenny took over, watching as a fan last season, I got the buzz as well. For me, the players they’ve signed this summer, there has been a lot of British which takes me back to when I started watching Liverpool.’
Downing full of confidence.
Stewart Downing believes that Reds manager Kenny Dalglish has given him extreme confidence going into the new season, liverpoolfc.tv reports.
Downing has been on top form so far for Liverpool this season and is ready to try and kickstart his England career using the confidence he has gained from working under the Reds boss. Downing is currently on international duty with England for the qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales.
The former Aston Villa winger said: ‘I certainly feel more confident as a player. The fact the manager put a lot of faith in me, spending that amount of money, does give me confidence. He’s quite a man-manager, always hands on and speaking to you. He knows how to play and he’s given me a lot of confidence.
‘As soon as I went to Liverpool, I felt settled at a great club. Playing in a big squad, fighting for my place every week, will bring the best out of me’, Downing added.