Player profile

Sebastian Coates

Birthdate: 7 October 1990
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Other clubs: Nacional (2001-11), Sunderland (loan, 2014-)
Bought from: Nacional
Signed for LFC: £4.9m, 30.08.2011
International debut: 23.06.2011 vs. Estonia
International caps: 16/0 (8/0 at LFC) - 19.06.2014
Liverpool debut: 18.09.2011
Last appearance: 19.05.2013
Debut goal: 21.03.2012
Last goal: 20.09.2012
Contract expiry: 2016
Win ratio: 54.17% W: 13 D: 3 L: 8
LFC league games/goals: 12 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 24 / 2

Player profile

Despite his young age, Sebastian Coates Nion already possesses quite an impressive CV. After spending a few years in Nacional's youth teams he broke into the first team when he was 18. He had by then already featured in the South American Under-20 Championships where Uruguay finished third impressing the watchful eye of Damien Comolli who followed his progress ever since. Coates came into Nacional‘s side when three months were left of the 2008/09 season winning the championship and reaching the semi-finals of Copa Libertadores. His progress was rewarded with the honour of being voted the Uruguayan Championship‘s "Revelation of the Season." Another league title followed in 2011 and he made his international debut only a week before Copa America 2011 when coming on as a substitute in a 3-0 win over Estonia. Coates featured in four out of Uruguay‘s six matches in Copa America, including the 3-0 win over Paraguay in the final. He collected three yellow cards in the process as well as the "Trophy Claro" for being the Best Young Player of the Tournament. He was a rock alongside his partner at the centre-half, the legendary Diego Lugano, prompting his nickname "Luganito“ or little Lugano. The Uruguayan’s reputation was at an all-time high at the time of his arrival in England little more than a week after Liverpool allowed 32-year-old central defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos to move to Wolfsburg. Coates is twelve years his junior and was given the same squad number, 16, that the tall Greek defender had used. Coates himself is a strapping 6 feet 6 inches (196 cm.), a strong header both in his own area and the oppositions‘, comfortable on the ball and will never shirk out of a tackle. He is an excellent reader of the game and has impressive technical ability for a man of his size.

Coates was sought after by many big clubs such as Paris St Germain, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City but he says that his talk with compatriot Luis Suarez made up his mind to join Liverpool because he had told him a lot about the fans and the club‘s history. With centre-back being a position for which the first-team squad seemed to have adequate cover, it wasn't a major surprise that Coates only appeared in a dozen matches in 2011/12. What was surprising was the astonishing agility he showed to score with a stupendous volley at Queens Park Rangers in March because frankly nobody had seen that coming, probably not even the player himself! The successful partnership of Agger and Skrtel kept Coates out of the first 11 in 2012/13 and Brendan Rodgers has so far preferred the experience of Jamie Carragher to the youthful exuberance of the Uruguayan if cover was needed.

The tall Uruguayan only played in a dozen matches in 2012/13, the same number of appearances he had made in 2011/12. Coates was picked to play in the first home Premier League match of the season against Manchester City but only made eight more starts in the rest of the season. He played in three Europa League ties and scored his only goal of the season in the opening group match against Young Boys in Bern, a header that restored Liverpool's lead after the Swiss club had equalised to make the score 2-2. A knee injury received during a friendly international match against Japan in August 2013 kept Coates on the sidelines for the whole of the 2013/14 season. But the 23-year-old made a good recovery from his injury, good enough to be named in Uruguay's squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil where he only featured for a couple of minutes, coming on for Luis Suarez immediately after the striker had put his country 2-1 ahead in the second group match in São Paulo. Coates moved on a season-long loan to Sunderland on the final day of the summer transfer-window of 2014. 

Appearances per season

2011-2012 7230012
2012-2013 5223012
2013-2014 000000

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

3Stoke City
2Oldham Athletic
1Mansfield Town
1Young Boys
1Anzhi Makhachkala
1Swansea City
1Brighton & Hove Albion
1Manchester City
1Blackburn Rovers
1West Ham United
1Norwich City
Total Started/substitutions
17 Started
48 On the bench
7 Substitute

Goals per season

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A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

1 Young Boys
1Premier League
1Europa League
TotalGoal minute period
146-60 minutes
161-75 minutes
TotalOpen play/Penalty
2Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

No records to display.

Stats note

- Internationals with Uruguay's u-23 Olympic squad not included; a total of 2 games.

Milestone Appearances

118.09.2011TottenhamWhite Hart LaneLeague

Milestone Goals

15421.03.2012QPRLoftus RoadLeague

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
2011-2012 16 Defender
2012-2013 16 Defender
2013-2014 16 Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.