Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has lavished praised on promising young defender Sebastian Coates.
The Reds boss was commenting on an impressive display by the Uruguayan in the disappointing 0-0 draw with Stoke City at Anfield in Saturday.
Dalglish was happy with the progress Coates has made so far at Liveprool but cautioned it will take time to regularly meet Barclays Premier League standards.
"We've been delighted with Seb since he came in,” Dalglish told reporters at a press conference ahead of the weekend’s fixture.
“It was a difficult time, he was only young coming in from Uruguay where it's a different culture, but it's really helped him that Luis (Suarez) and wee Maxi are here to settle him down.
“He's settled down well and we've been very pleased with him.”
Coates came with a big reputation when he arrived on Merseyside in the summer and Dalglish is happy with what he has seen so far.
Coates was part of the Uruguay team that were victorious in last year’s Copa America in Argentina.
Some impressive performances in the heart of defence for La Celeste were rewarded with him being named Best Young Player at the tournament.
The 21-year-old was signed from Nacional in his native country after attracting interest from many of Europe’s top clubs.
Coates were born in Uruguay to a Scottish father and would have been able to play for Scotland had he not chosen to represent the country of his birth.
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