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Coates relishing Reds challenge

20 September 2011 11:05

Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates admits he is well outside his comfort zone after moving to England from Uruguay but is confident he has the ability to succeed.

The 20-year-old made his debut ahead of schedule as a substitute in the weekend's 4-0 defeat at Tottenham after injury to Daniel Agger. Coates is now set for his first start in Wednesday's Carling Cup tie at Brighton less than a month after arriving from Nacional in his homeland for a fee believed to be in the region of £7million.

The 6ft 6in centre-back he told LFC magazine: "The biggest attraction was the challenge: to come to an unfamiliar place - a huge club - and make a name for myself."

He added: "So far in my career, I have been very lucky; to play for Nacional, to play in the Copa Libertadores, to win the Copa America.

"There has been a lot of success in a short period of time but I have achieved that in a place where I am most comfortable.

"Now, I am here, in a different country, in a different league, with different team-mates.

"The best players are successful wherever they go. I am determined to become an important player here at a historical stage of the club's future."

Source: PA