Liverpool`s Coates heads to Sunderland on loan

Liverpool`s Uruguay international central defender Sebastian Coates joined Sunderland on a season-long loan on Monday.

Liverpool`s Coates heads to Sunderland on loan

Liverpool: Liverpool`s Uruguay international central defender Sebastian Coates joined Sunderland on a season-long loan on Monday.

The 23-year-old had struggled to earn playing time at Anfield and Sunderland boss Gus Poyet snapped up his compatriot before the transfer window closed until January.

Coates -- who sprang to prominence in the Uruguay side that won the 2011 Copa America -- made only 24 appearances, with just six starts in the Premier League, during his three years with Liverpool.

"Defender Sebastian Coates has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan from Liverpool," a Sunderland statement confirmed.

"The 23-year-old Uruguay international is the Black Cats` eighth summer signing."

Coates signed for Liverpool in 2011 from Nacional and returned to his former club on loan last season.

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