Signed for £7 million by Kenny Dalglish back in August of 2011, Sebastian Coates may have failed to make the grade thus far at Liverpool but the Uruguayan could have one more chance at earning a Reds recall after being called up for the World Cup.
The 23-year-old has made just 24 appearances for the Merseysiders since moving to the club, though a series of injuries have hardly helped his progression.
Back in January the defender left Anfield on loan, moving to former club Nacional until the end of the season in a deal that was designed to boost his match fitness following a serious knee injury incurred on international duty last August.
But while Coates has managed just four first-team appearances since the move, it’s been enough to convince national team coach Oscar Tabarez that he is ready for the World Cup, with the defender brought in to the provisional 30-man squad for the competition.
Speaking a few days ago, meanwhile, the defender admitted that while his future at Liverpool remains uncertain, he is focused on making the most of the opportunities presented to him.
"Some players may not succeed in one place then do well in another one,” he said in quotes published by the Daily Star.
"We have to wait for the right moment and make the most of them."
A World Cup and a match-up with England and Liverpool teammates Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge could be the perfect opportunity for Coates to stake a claim for a place back at Anfield.
Alternatively, a series of impressive showings could alert those across Europe to the defender’s talents, with the 23-year-old likely to be open to following the path taken by Diego Forlan, who failed to find form at Manchester United before excelling on the continent.