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Sebastian Coates Sold to Sunderland for £4m

Coates never lived up to high expectations at Anfield, but he'll have a chance to fulfill his promise with Sunderland.

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Liverpool bought Sebastian Coates from Nacional for a fee of £5m after he put on a brilliant display for Uruguay in the 2011 Copa America. Only 20 years old at the time, Coates was expected to blossom into a starting caliber center back at Anfield. Unfortunately that progression never occurred, and four years later the Echo has confirmed that he will join Sunderland for a fee of £4m. The deal will officially go through next week, according to the report.

Coates played for the Black Cats on loan last season, and his defensive work down the stretch helped Sunderland narrowly escape relegation. This is a pretty shrewd transfer move by Sunderland, as they're getting a player who could anchor their back line for years to come for a bargain price. There was simply no room for Coates at Liverpool, and Sunderland took advantage of the opportunity to bring him in on a permanent basis.

Liverpool fans didn't see much of Coates in his time at the club, but he gave us one moment that we won't soon forget:

Good luck Seba!

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