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Liverpool - What now for Sebastian Coates?

The Liverpool defender has struggled to make an impact at Liverpool and has now suffered a serious injury, so what does the future hold for the 22-year-old?

The latest blow to Sebastian Coates’ time at Liverpool is suffering a tear in his anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Sebastian Coates arrived at Liverpool as a promising young centre-back. He has been a regular in the Uruguayan first team that won the Copa America, and was talked about being a bright prospect.

Ever since his arrival, Coates has also seemed a little rash, there is talent there but sometimes he either seems a yard off the pace or he just has the odd moment of madness where he would just give away a foul in a stupid position.

Liverpool haven’t seen the best of Sebastian Coates during his time at Anfield – though he did score one of more spectacular goals you will see from a 6ft 5 centre half against QPR a couple of seasons ago.

There has never really been a time when he has a run in the side – and when he eventually recovers from his latest setback with this injury he will need a run of games somewhere. The only kind of regular appearances he seems to get is in the early stages of the Europa League and in the cup competitions – none of which are guaranteed over the coming years.

This is probably one of the reasons that Brendan Rodgers has looked to offload him, as Andre Wisdom has seemingly edged ahead of Coates in the central defensive pecking order, leaving Coates as fifth choice at best.

So the likelihood is that he will go on loan at some stage unless when he recovers Liverpool find themselves in the middle of a major defensive injury crisis.

But if he gets a good run in a side and his services aren’t required at Anfield, this injury may have just pushed the Uruguayan towards the Liverpool exit door. You can’t help but feel sorry for him if this ends up being the case, even if right now his priority will simply be getting fit.

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