Steve Clarke: Sebastien Coates Is Ready To Play For Liverpool But Must Wait For His Chance

Anfield new boy will have to adapt.

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Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clarke insists defender Sebastian Coates is ready to play but must wait for his first-team opportunity.

The 20-year-old signed a long-term contract with the Reds last week having made the £7million move from Nacional.

The Uruguay international is currently away on international duty with team-mate Luis Suarez and will not return to Melwood until next week.

Manager Kenny Dalglish will be keen to get him involved as soon as possible, with the Carling Cup tie at Brighton on September 21 looking an ideal match for his debut.

But Clarke believes Coates, who was named young player of the tournament as Uruguay lifted the Copa America, can slot in seamlessly.

“It’ll be a different challenge for him because the English Premier League is a league that takes a little bit of getting used to,” he told the club’s website.

“Hopefully we can nurse him along, get him ready and he’ll be a valuable addition to the squad.

“You never know how a foreign player coming into the English game is going to adapt. Some take a long time, while others like Luis Suarez come in and settle straight away.

“You just keep an eye on it and hope the boy settles quickly, gets to know his team-mates, gets a few chances to play and then you build on it from there.

“But he’s a full international and Uruguay are amongst the top five in the world, so they’re a strong international team.

“He’s ready to play if required, but we’ve also got many other centre-halves ready to play if required.”

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