Belfast Telegraph

Coates relishing Reds challenge

Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates admits he is well outside his comfort zone after moving to England from Uruguay but is confident he has the ability to succeed.

The 20-year-old made his debut ahead of schedule as a substitute in the weekend's 4-0 defeat at Tottenham after injury to Daniel Agger. Coates is now set for his first start in Wednesday's Carling Cup tie at Brighton less than a month after arriving from Nacional in his homeland for a fee believed to be in the region of £7million.

The 6ft 6in centre-back he told LFC magazine: "The biggest attraction was the challenge: to come to an unfamiliar place - a huge club - and make a name for myself."

He added: "So far in my career, I have been very lucky; to play for Nacional, to play in the Copa Libertadores, to win the Copa America.

"There has been a lot of success in a short period of time but I have achieved that in a place where I am most comfortable.

"Now, I am here, in a different country, in a different league, with different team-mates.

"The best players are successful wherever they go. I am determined to become an important player here at a historical stage of the club's future."


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