Liverpool defender Coates still adapting to Premier League life

Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates has admitted he is still settling in to life as a Premier League player as he attempts to force his way in the Reds’ starting XI on a regular basis, the Liverpool Echo has reported.

Uruguayan international Coates joined Liverpool in summer 2011 from Nacional, a club in his native country. But the 21-year-old has made just nice appearances for Liverpool, with only four of those coming in the Premier League. Coates said: “I’m hoping to keep adapting to English football and the Premier League. The football is quicker here than Uruguay, and it’s stronger and more aggressive.

In Coates’ last Liverpool outing, against Queens Park Rangers, he scored a memorable flying volley to put the Reds 2-0 ahead at Loftus Road. Three R’s goals in reply, however, overturned the result and forms part of Liverpool’s current dire spell which has seen Kenny Dalglish’s side win once in their last seven league games. Coates was a first-half substitute against Rangers, coming on just after the half-hour mark to replace Martin Kelly, who had started at right-back.

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