Anfield bow excites adapting Coates


Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates admits the thought of making his home debut at Anfield is one which fills him with excitement.

The Uruguayan international has only represented the Reds away from Merseyside this season, making his debut in the defeat at Spurs and featuring a handful more times so far this season.

Kenny Dalglish is yet to give the player his chance in-front of the Liverpool faithful though, and Coates admits he can feel the passion of the supporters when sitting on the bench.

"I have only played away from home so far and it would be very nice to play at Anfield. You can see the passion there is in the crowd. You can see it sitting on the bench but it would be much nicer to see it playing on the field," he told LFC magazine.

"It hasn't really come as a surprise to me because I had already heard of the passion that Liverpool fans had but being told about something and then seeing it for yourself first hand are two different things.

"In other parts of the world, the fans of other clubs are also passionate about their teams but here I believe that the passion of the fans is special. It makes it very difficult for the teams that come to visit Anfield."

The young South American is biding his time at the club, enjoying limited senior opportunities whilst learning the ropes from veterans such as Jamie Carragher on the training ground.

Coates admits the pace of the game is clearly much quicker in the Barclays Premier League compared to his previous level with Nacional, and he's happy to make the changes to his game in an effort to try and fit in with the future philosophies at Liverpool.

"English football is more dynamic. It is faster but little by little I am trying to adapt better to it. I have obviously come from a league which is much slower than this where there is much more time to think about what you are going to do, but I understand this is an area I need to improve," Coates continued.

"I need to change but I think I am making those changes and adapting well to the English league and I reckon with the passing of time I will get better and better.

"I think a year will be long enough for me to adapt. I am learning a lot from Jamie Carragher, from Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel. And it is logical for the team and the club to expect me to adapt within a year so I am going to do my best to do so and I think I will achieve it."

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