Liverpool have enjoyed a fantastic campaign this season, yet for Sebastian Coates, it has been nothing short of a nightmare.
The highly-rated 23-year-old centre-back joined the Reds in August 2011 on a 5-year deal. At the time, it seemed like an excellent signing as his performances for the Uruguayan national team led to being named the best young player at the 2011 Copa America.
Life on Merseyside, however, has been tough and Coates only made 12 Premier League appearances in his first two season at the club.
This season was widely expected to be his breakout year following the retirement of Jamie Carragher. However, in August, Coates suffered a knee injury whilst on international duty and was subsequently ruled out for the majority of the season.
To aid his recovery, he returned to his former club Nacional on a six-month loan deal as he looked to recover in time for this summer’s World Cup.
Unfortunately for the Liverpool man, he has only managed a handful of appearances and his spot in Uruguay’s 23-man World Cup squad looks severely under threat.
As for his Liverpool career, Coates has admitted he’s eager to sit down with the club though he considers the situation as complicated.
“I have been in contact with them, the situation is complicated but I want the best for Luis Suarez and for the team.” He said, quoted by Sky Sports.
When asked if he’s ready to return and play a role for the Reds next season, he added:
“You have to ask the manager about this. Some players may not succeed in one place then do well in another one. We have to wait for the right moment and make the most of them.”