Liverpool: Time for Sebastian to get his Coates?

Sebastian Coates was signed by Kenny Dalglish 18 months ago, and under Brendan Rodgers looks no closer to breaking into the Liverpool team.

Liverpool have twice been linked with making offers for centre-backs over the last few weeks, with Andreas Granqvist and Davide Astori the names linked.

But the Reds already have a talented defender waiting in the wings, and if they do choose to bring another in then it could really mean his time is up.

Sebastian Coates was signed by Kenny Dalglish in 2011 off the back of a superb Copa America tournament in which he was voted the best young player at the tournament.

However his Reds career got off to a nightmare start when he came off the bench midway through the first half against Tottenham, only to be run ragged as Liverpool were trounced 4-0 by the home side.

The highlight of his Liverpool journey to date is no doubt his terrific scissors kick goal away to QPR last season, but he has failed to build on that.

Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel are clearly the first choice centre-backs at Liverpool, and Coates is showing no signs of dislodging either anytime soon. 

Jamie Carragher remains a more reliable option when required despite his age, with Coates still getting to grips with the Premier League. In fact the defender has featured just three times in the league this season, starting only once.

In all he has nine appearances in all competitions this season, compared to the 21 appearances of 34-year-old Carragher.

The fact he has struggled to usurp Carragher in the pecking order is worrying for the 22-year-old's development, he may be a full international with Uruguay, but it just hasn't clicked for him at Liverpool so far.

Now Carragher will be forced into retirement before long, and Agger's injury record in particular gives credence to the suggestion Liverpool need options, so selling Coates now would be the wrong move.

However it would be wise for the Uruguayan to look at leaving the Reds for a short period on loan to a fellow Premier League team to gain experience in the top flight and further acclimatise to English football.

QPR would surely take him, as would fellow strugglers Wigan and even Aston Villa. A loan deal would be best for all parties, and Liverpool would get back a better player in the summer.

The challenge is there for the Uruguayan, and Liverpool should cut him loose for now and look at the long-term picture.

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