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These five players have performed excellently for Liverpool so far this pre-season, and their form will not have gone unnoticed by manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
A forgotten man at Liverpool, Coates has only made 12 Premier League appearances since signing in 2011, but following various lengthy spells on the sidelines with injury, the 23-year-old Uruguayan has shown signs of serious improvement this summer. A series of composed performances during friendlies earned direct praise from his manager.
“He was very unfortunate to have had a bad injury which put him out for a while, but he went away on loan last season, got himself fit again and he’s come back and done really well at pre-season,” said the Northern Irishman.
“He’s done very, very well. He’s a big boy but he can play football. Lovely touch, lovely technique but he can pass the ball, and he can be aggressive.”
With the likes of Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Kolo Toure, Tiago Ilori and new £20m signing Dejan Lovren competing for a starting spot though, Coates’ opportunities next term will likely be limited.