Coates: Suarez my big brother

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Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates has thanked Luis Suarez for making his transition Uruguay to England all the more easier.

Coates left behind his homeland in the summer after the Reds agreed a fee in the region of £7 million with Nacional for the promising 21-year-old.

Naturally, Coates approached the move with slight trepidation, but was sold on Liverpool by Suarez, who had made the move to Anfield only seven months before.

And, says Coates, his international teammate has made him feel incredibly welcome on Merseyside, as have Lucas and Maxi Rodriguez.

"He is like a bigger brother, not like a father," he told the official Liverpool website. "I appreciate very much all the help he has given me since I've been here.

"I'm not sure if he persuaded me to come - he encouraged me. He told me about life in Liverpool, at Liverpool Football Club. He also told me what a great club Liverpool was in Europe and England but I knew that.

"I'm settling in very well. I'm getting used to the city, getting used to the people and getting used to English football. I've had the help of Lucas and Luis and Maxi. That helps me very much."

Coates has made only four appearances for Kenny Dalglish's side since his August move, but has impressed with some composed displays.

And the young defender feels like he is improving with every minute he plays in a red shirt.

He added: "I think I've done well so far.

"We've won the matches I've played in but I've got lots of time in which to learn, and I am learning, little by little."

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