Coates heading for Anfield exit

Sebastian Coates looks to have played his last game for Liverpool, according to reports emerging this evening.

Sebastian Coates

The Uruguayan defender played in the embarrassing FA Cup fourth round defeat to Oldham on Sunday afternoon and The Mirror report that it will be his last appearance, with a move to Brazilian side Gremio on the cards.

Coates, who arrived from Nacional for £7m in August 2011, and has been linked with a move to several clubs recently, with West Brom reportedly interested in a loan move for the 6ft 5in defender. Juventus are also interested in a loan deal.

But reports suggest Brendan Rodgers would prefer to sell Coates in order to bring in another defender. An area that clearly needs strengthening for Liverpool.

Coates has started just once in the Premier League under Rodgers – the first home game of the season against Man City. Recently he has found himself behind Jamie Carragher as understudy to regular centre back pairing Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger.

Liverpool have been linked with a series of centre-backs during this transfer window, including most recently Ashley Williams (Swansea) and Nicolas Isimat-Mirin (Valenciennes).

Coates’ departure would be another signing from the Kenny Dalglish / Damien Comolli era departing Anfield.

UPDATE: Gremio have, according to Brazilian website Sambafoot, denied their interest in Coates. But then again, many clubs deny interest in a player before signing them.

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  • Mohamed Othman

    Signing Coates for 7M was another blunder. How on earth did he achieve to be valued at that price? Seems he can’t adjust to PL physical play and backs down when pushed around.

  • Rob

    It’s a bit of a shame that he hasn’t really been able to adapt to life in England. I thought he looked very shaky when Dalglish threw him into the mix a few times last year. No doubt he has potential, but maybe just needs to develop in a less frenetic league/country.

    Judging from Brendan’s post match comments I don’t think he underestimated Oldham – more just a combination of placing too much faith in some of his youngsters, bad, bad referring, and a terrible pitch on a tight field.

  • ash

    Everyone is blasting Coates. I think this is the managers fault. He was thrown in the deep end without any first team play. Another thing is that we don’t have any big championship CF for our defenfers to deal with in training so they don’t get any practice on how to deal long balls.