The Reds paid £7 million to Nacional for Sebastian Coates but only played him in 12 league games. Was it one of the biggest mistakes in Liverpool history?
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After four seasons of injuries and bench-riding, Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates has been sold to Sunderland for just £4 million.
According to the Guardian, Sunderland have decided to make Coates’ temporary stay at Stadium of Light into a permanent one, buying the seldom-used Reds defender for just over half what Liverpool spent to get him in 2011.
Liverpool bought Coates from Nacional in 2011 for £7 million, but only played him in 12 league games in his first two seasons with the club. During the 2013-14 season Coates was loaned out to Nacional and in 2014-15 was loaned out to Sunderland, where he played in 10 matches.
At the time the move seemed like a good one, with Coates coming off two Primera División Uruguaya wins in his three years with Nacional. But injuries and poor play limited him with the Reds. Having played only a dozen games for the Reds, Coates essentially cost Liverpool over £580,000 for each league match appearance.