Sebastian Coates reacts on Twitter to leaving Liverpool for Sunderland

The new Sunderland defender took to social media after his Liverpool exit was confirmed.

Sebastian Coates has taken to Twitter after his permanent move from Liverpool to Sunderland was confirmed on Wednesday evening.

Indeed, the Uruguayan says he is 'very happy' to be joining the Black Cats on a full-time basis after a successful loan spell at the Stadium of Light last season.

The 24-year-old spent a number of seasons on the fringes with the Reds and the Sunderland move should guarantee him far more playing time than he could have received at Liverpool.

Under Dick Advocaat, of course, Coates was an absolute rock at the back as Sunderland escaped relegation from the Premier League last term. Especially notable was the Uruguayan's performance during the 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

But that kind of form - or opportunity - never really materialised at Anfield.

Coates' standout Liverpool memory was the superb bicycle kick he scored against Queens Park Rangers. But, as a defender, that counts for very little.

The move appears best for both Sunderland and the 24-year-old. Whether Liverpool, with their infamous defensive struggles, live to regret letting the centre-back go remains to be seen.

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