Reds complete Coates deal
The 20-year-old Copa America winner passed a medical on Tuesday and secured a work permit to complete a move which unites him with Uruguay team-mate Luis Suarez.
The tall centre-back, who made his senior international debut at the tournament last month, arrives from Nacional in his homeland where he broke into the first team two years ago.
"Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Uruguay international Sebastian Coates on a long-term contract," the Reds said in a statement. "The 20-year-old completed his transfer from Nacional after passing a medical and securing a work permit earlier today (Tuesday). Coates will now link up with his international team-mates ahead of their friendly in Kiev on Friday night."
Uruguay talisman Suarez earlier Tweeted: "I want to welcome Coates, partner in the uruguayan team, friend and great player who just signed for Liverpool!"