After a season on the sidelines last year because of an ACL injury, Coates was sent to the Stadium of Light in order to get some more first team experience as he wasn't in line for regular game time at Anfield.
He said: “During my time in England, I’ve not had as many matches as I wanted.
“When the year loan is over, I will talk about what to do next. But my goal is to stay in England because it is the best football in the world. It’s a very competitive league.”
The Uruguayan has only made the seven appearances in all competitions this season but the 24-year-old's development has not only been stunted by his injury and very few outings, but during his time at Liverpool he's never really had regular game time - having made 24 appearances across the two seasons when he had been available for selection for the Reds.
He is obviously a highly rated individual by his country having played on 16 occasions for the senior side as well as representing them at the 2012 Olympics.
Coates has usually looked composed on the ball and evidently has ability, but one thing that is a downside to him whenever we see him play is this certain rashness and clumsiness - as if he is trying to blow away the cobwebs in every game.
But he has never really played back-to-back games and had a run in the side ever since his move to the Premier League - which could easily contribute to his development. It feels like that during his early career, being a cover player at best has seriously hindered his development.
The next move for Coates should be somewhere that guarantees him regular game time - regardless of whether or not that's in the Premier League.