Kenny Dalglish is delighted with Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates' progress and will continue to adopt a patient approach with the Uruguay international.
Coates joined the Reds in a £7million deal from Nacional before the close of the transfer window and is tipped for a bright future at Anfield.
He has made just one appearance in the Premier League, as a substitute in the 4-0 defeat at Tottenham, but has started the Carling Cup ties against Brighton and Stoke.
Vice-captain Jamie Carragher's return to fitness has boosted Dalglish's options at centre-half and the Liverpool boss is in no rush to throw Coates back into Premier League action.
Dalglish is keen to ensure he learns as much as possible about the English game and the defender scored in the reserves' 5-1 win over Sunderland in midweek.
"Coates got his first goal, which is great for him, and great for us," said Dalglish. "We are delighted with the way Seb is progressing.
"It is difficult to get him in the team at the moment because Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger are playing so well and Carra is back from injury.
"But Seb has done really well and he is getting better all the time.
"I think he has settled in really quickly and did really well at Stoke so you are not going to get a sterner test and change in culture more than at Stoke with their style of play, which is unique to the Premier League.
"That was a great test for Seb because they played well that night and put us under a lot of pressure, but he came through that well and we are looking for him to have a long career here."