Coates and Bellamy ready for debuts

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Kenny Dalglish has revealed that Sebastian Coates and Craig Bellamy are both in contention for selection this weekend, as the duo get settled into the Liverpool squad after signing in deadline week.

Liverpool face Stoke in a tough away fixture on Saturday, and will have Charlie Adam back as well as the possibility of a return for Glen Johnson.

And Dalglish insists that Bellamy and Coates are both raring to get on the pitch in their Liverpool shirts, and show the club what they’re made of.

"I would think so,” Dalglish said when asked if the duo want to get their first start in.

“I would hope so. I think everybody is chomping at the bit to be involved at Stoke."

Dalglish admitted that Liverpool have been chasing Coates for some time now, while the manager questioned why he hadn’t thought of bringing Bellamy on side in the past.


"Sebastian was on Damien's radar for two years. Obviously he would have only been 18 then,” he said.

"He came to prominence in the Copa America when he won it with Uruguay and was voted Young Player of the Tournament - and that's not a bad accolade when you consider [Alexis] Sanchez went for 40 million to Barcelona. He must have played well!

"We're happy to have him in. We just need to give him time to settle down and we look forward to it.

"It's the same with Craig. He's really enthusiastic at being back and made a lot of sacrifices to come back, financially and otherwise, because of what the club means to him. We're delighted to have people with that attitude here.

"I don't know why I've never signed him before in my managerial career. Maybe I wasn't working when he was available. He's always been somebody that has impressed me.

"He's got pace, quality, he loves this club - which is very important - and he'll be a fantastic asset for us."

Liverpool fans will no doubt be excited to see the side with two new faces at the weekend, and with no injuries coming from the international break, Dalglish may be faced with a selection headache as he decides on the starting line-up.

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