Sunderland loan star Sebastian Coates is hopeful of the Black Cats putting on a strong performance on Saturday as they take on his parent club Liverpool at Anfield.
The Uruguayan international moved to the Reds in the summer of 2011, but he rarely featured as he struggled to dislodge regular centre-backs Daniel Agger and Jamie Carragher.
Despite those players no longer playing for the Anfield club, Coates’s fortunes haven’t fared any better as a long-term injury has hindered his chances of earning a regular first-team spot.
This season, boss Brendan Rodgers felt it was best for the 24-year-old to leave on loan when the opportunity to join fellow Uruguayan compatriot Gus Poyet came about.
Coates joined the Black Cats in August, but only made his first-team debut in midweek as the Premier League holders Manchester City triumphed 4-1 at the Stadium of Light.
Speaking ahead of his new side’s clash with the Reds at Anfield on Saturday, Coates – who is unavailable to play – said that his only focus is on his current teammates putting in a good performance.
“We can take some positives from the game [Manchester City]; it was a spirited performance and that’s what we need to take to Anfield when we play Liverpool at the weekend,” he told safc.com.
“Liverpool will be up for it; they’re at home and got a good result the other night. All we can do is try the best we can to go there and get a result.
“Every game is different so we’ll go there, put in a good performance – as we did against Chelsea and Man City - and try and come away with something from the game.
Coates made a total of just 12 appearances in a Liverpool shirt, although he was awarded a League Cup medal during their success in the 2011-12 season.