Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has revealed his delight at the signing of Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates.

The former Nacional centre-back has penned a long-term deal at Anfield, with the Reds confirming last night that Luis Suarez's compatriot has joined the Merseysiders' ranks.

It's the sixth signing of the summer following Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Jose Enrique and Alexander Doni's signings earlier in the transfer window, and Comolli believes Coates is an exciting addition with all the attributes to be a major success at the club.

"He's a central defender who can play on either side, even though he's right footed. He has a fantastic physical presence, he's very good in the air offensively and defensively, he's very strong in one v ones and very good at clearing things in his own box," Comolli told the official Liverpool website.

 

"He has the mentality of Uruguay players that everyone can see in Luis Suarez; he never gives up, always commits himself and isn't scared of any challenge either on the ground or in the air. He also has this ability to play from the back, which is needed when you play for Liverpool Football Club."

The 20-year-old's signature continues to emphasise the club's policy of investing in talented young players at Anfield, and whilst much of the focus on Liverpool this summer has been on investing in British talent, Comolli insists nationality is irrelevant when it comes to identifying the best players for the club.

Despite the player's young age, Comolli is also confident the Young Player of the tournament at the Copa America will be able to adapt instantly to the English top flight, and is the complete package.


 

"We have always said we are not focused on the passport but on the quality, and we have been very happy with the quality we have found in the Premier League. But Sebastian is exactly what we needed and the fact that Luis is here helped a great deal," he continued.

"His qualities are perfect for the Premier League because here you can face more direct teams where you have to head the ball several times during the game and make sure your presence is being felt on set pieces and throw-ins.

"He also has the ability to play against big players, he's not afraid to be isolated one on one and defend properly. We think he is the complete package. I have said several times during the summer that we don't buy a young player for the next six months or the next year, it's a long term commitment where we commit to him and he commits to us. We know he will be an even better player in two or three years time."

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