Liverpool Transfers: Comparing Sebastian Coates to the EPL's Top Defenders

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Liverpool Transfers: Comparing Sebastian Coates to the EPL's Top Defenders
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Liverpool have concluded a good bit of business by snapping up Uruguayan prospect and Copa America star Sebastian Coates in a £7 million deal from Nacional, beating off interest from financial heavyweights such as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

The deal for Coates has come as a great piece of news after Liverpool sold off Sotiris Kyriakos to German side Wolfsburg and allowed Alberto Aquilani to go on loan once more for an initial fee of £7 million to AC Milan.

To many, Sebastian Coates will be somewhat of an enigma, coming from Uruguayan side Nacional and only making his international debut for Uruguay in the Copa America earlier this year.

So what do we know about the 6'6" centre-back who, at just 20 years of age, looks set to be one of the most exciting players for Liverpool this season?

Known for his ability in the air, Coates has a knack for getting on the end of crosses from corners and putting a stop to balls into his box either in the air or along the floor. He's gifted with his feet, strong in the challenge and likes to sweep up balls from strikers and play the ball forward.

With youth comes pace and Coates certainly isn't slow and has good control of the ball at his feet, looking to bomb forward and play the ball into the midfield rather than hoofing it up into the air like others (i.e. Jamie Carragher).

So Sebastian Coates is a good player, a bargain at £7 million, which has been subsidized by the departure of other players leaving. Great business for Liverpool but just exactly how does he compare to the other top defenders in the English Premier League and how does he fit into Kenny Dalglish's back four?

Let's find out...

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