John Scales is confident Sebastian Coates has all the attributes to be a big success in a Liverpool shirt, and is convinced he will go from strength to strength under the influence of the Reds' defensive stalwart Jamie Carragher.
The highly-rated Uruguayan international arrived at Anfield on the back of an impressive Copa America having been crowned the young player of the tournament - just one example of why the former Liverpool defender believes the 21-year-old can play a big part in the club's future.
"I've seen glimpses of him in action for Liverpool and during the Copa America," Scales told Liverpoolfc.tv. "He's obviously adapting to the pace of the Barclays Premier League and that will take him a little bit of time, but I like what I've seen.
"He won the young player of the tournament at the Copa America so you can see that he is a talent. I think having Suarez there, a fellow Uruguayan, will help him too.
"I think he's got a good mental attitude and the right personality to be a success at Liverpool. He can only benefit from having the likes of Jamie Carragher there; senior players who can help him to progress and improve as a player.
"They know all about the ethos of the club and I think he'll be excited about learning more and bedding in at Liverpool. I expect him to be central part of that team over the next few years."
Scales has been pleased with Liverpool's impressive start to the 2011-12 campaign, which he says is testament to the hard work put in by Reds boss Kenny Dalglish. The progression that the club has made in the short time under his stewardship is exciting, and bodes well for a bright future.
"The top four is definitely within reach," he continued. "When you look at the strength of some of the other teams I think that is a very realistic target.
"The new structure is coming along nicely. There is an excitement about the place and I've certainly got a buzz about watching Liverpool again.
"Steven Gerrard coming back in will give everyone a boost too and I'm sure those lads can't wait to play with the skipper when he is in top gear.
"I think the new boys have already shown that they have a big future ahead at Liverpool. Kenny has great strength in depth now."
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