Coates ready to go for Reds

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Of Liverpool's six outfield recruits this summer, Sebastian Coates is somewhat unique, with the Uruguayan defender the only signing to have not played in the Barclays Premier League.

Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique have all slotted seamlessly into Kenny Dalglish's side, while Craig Bellamy brings a wealth of top-flight experience to Anfield.

Coates, meanwhile, is an English football novice, but will take heart from the rapid adaptation to the rigours of the game in this country by compatriot Luis Suarez.

And Liverpool have every confidence that the 20-year-old will be primed for action after the international break.

"He's a talented youngster and gives us different options at the back," said Dalglish's No.2 Steve Clarke.

"We look to sign young players that can improve and we looked at his performances throughout the Copa America when he was named Young Player of the Tournament. It's certainly exciting.

"It'll be a different challenge for him because the English Premier League is a league that takes a little bit of getting used to, so hopefully we can nurse him along, get him ready and he'll be a valuable addition to the squad.


"He's ready to play. He's a full international and Uruguay are amongst the top five in the world, so they're a strong international team.

"He's ready to play if required, but we've also got many other centre-halves ready to play if required."

Jamie Carragher, meanwhile, has also welcomed the addition of the young centre-back and predicts he could learn a thing or two from his new teammate.

"He's probably been brought up playing a different type of football than I have, a South American style - so maybe I can learn from him as well," Carragher told

"It's not always about the older players helping the younger - it can work vice versa. You're always learning from different people."

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