Martin Skrtel has tipped defensive teammate Sebastian Coates to enjoy a stellar career with Liverpool.

The Uruguayan international centre back moved to Anfield in the summer transfer window, joining the Reds from his native Nacional after impressing in the Copa America with his country.

And, despite is lack of first team opportunities since moving to Merseyside, Skrtel is convinced the 21-year-old can become one of the club's greats over time.

"He's doing well. I think it's good for him to be at a club like this at such a young age. For a youngster to be training with people like Stevie, Suarez, Carra and more can only help him. I think he will become better and better," the Slovakian defender told the official Liverpool website.

"In English football you get very little time on the ball, away from home sometimes you don't even get a single second.

"Almost every team has at least one big striker. I enjoy competing against them, challenging and making tackles. It's not possible to win the ball every time but it's always my aim.

"You become a better player as you gain more experience. Hopefully that will be the case for Sebastian and me too."

Coates watched on from the bench over the weekend, with Liverpool forced to settle for a point against Swansea in a frustrating 0-0 draw that leaves Kenny Dalglish's side sitting sixth in the Barclays Premier League.

His English debut came as a substitute in the 4-0 defeat to Spurs back in September, although starts in the Carling Cup against Brighton and Stoke suggest future appearances in the competition - against Chelsea in the quarter-final - appear likely.

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