CRAIG BELLAMY and Sebastian Coates are expected to be handed first starts of the season when Liverpool go to Brighton.
Bellamy’s second stint at the Reds has so far been restricted to a pair of cameo appearances whilst Uruguayan centre-back Coates (below) made his club debut as a first half substitute against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Tomorrow night’s third round Carling Cup tie at the Amex Stadium is also likely to see captain Steven Gerrard make his comeback after six months out and Dirk Kuyt, who sat out the disappointing 4-0 loss at Spurs, earn a recall.
Young full-backs Jon Flanagan and Jack Robinson are also anticipated to earn selection for the match against Gus Poyet’s Championship high-flyers as Kenny Dalglish’s men look for a repeat performance of their second round win over Exeter City last month.
Daniel Agger, however, remains a serious doubt for the trip to the south coast after he lasted just 27 minutes at White Hart Lane having picked up a nasty looking bang to the ribs with the club expecting to learn the full extent of his injury today.
Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel will miss out tomorrow night (7.45pm) as they serve one-match bans having been sent off in the game against Spurs.
On an afternoon of few highlights for the travelling Reds in the capital, Jose Enrique’s performance at left-back gave supporters a degree of solace and Robinson says he hopes to reach the standards set by Liverpool’s summer signing.
“Jose is someone I have watched over the last few years and someone who will be a good player for us,” said Robinson, the youngest player to feature for Liverpool.
“He’s got everything for a left-back, both defensively and going forward. I was made up when we signed him because I realise that he is eight or nine years older than me.
“I can learn a lot from him because he is good at the things I need to improve on; getting a bit tighter to the players I’m marking; stopping crosses going into the box and going forward; dribbling with the ball; being dynamic.”
After making his debut at Hull City in May last year at just 16 years and 250 days, Robinson had to bide his time in the reserve and under-18 set-up before tasting first team action again.
Consecutive appearances in the Premier League last season, against Arsenal and Birmingham City, followed whilst the 18-year-old played in August’s Carling Cup tie with Exeter.
Robinson has paid tribute to reserve team head coach, Rodolfo Borrell, for his influence.
“Tactically and technically he’s brilliant,” said Robinson.
“When you see the players he’s coached at Barcelona, people like Lionel Messi, you realise you are learning from someone who has taught the very best. He taught me to keep believing and eventually I would get another chance.”