Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates believes that he has entered into an extremely exciting stage in his career after accepting the challenge to join Kenny Dalglish’s side over the summer.
Coates’ arrival at Anfield was welcomed with open arms given that the club desperately needed defensive depth. However, the Uruguayan had to confront a rude awakening at White Hart Lane when his new club was hammered 4-0 by a ruthless Tottenham Hotspur side.
Red boss Kenny Dalglish subsequently vowed to address his side’s defensive issues and although Coates is aware that it will be a challenge for him to develop his craft in the English top flight, it is one that he is certainly relishing.
“The biggest attraction was the challenge: to come to an unfamiliar place – a huge club – and make a name for myself,” Coates explained to LFC Magazine as he acknowledged the high level of difficulty.
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.”
Coates and his teammates will host the Wolves in Saturday afternoon’s tricky fixture at Merseyside.