With many of the younger players breaking into the Liverpool first-team last season, we could have another one breaking in next season and he could probably be one of the best we have had in a long time and possibly the future captain of Liverpool. His name is Conor Coady.
Coady is the captain of the U18s and he skippered England U17s to European Championship glory last summer. This past season he did not get onto the field for the first team but he was named on the first-team bench for the 5-0 demolition of Birmingham City at Anfield. He also travelled with Kenny Dalglish’s squad for the Europa League trip to Sparta Prague.
Liverpool legend David Fairclough predicts a bright future for Coady who currently plays as a holding midfielder but it tipped to be a star central defender in the future. Could we possibly have a back four of Flanagan, Kelly, Coady and Robinson in a few seasons time?
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.tv, Fairclough had this to say about Coady: Conor is someone who threatened to make the breakthrough into the first team in 2010-11 and being named on the bench against Sparta Prague and Birmingham, and also involved in the European squads, is a clear sign he is obviously doing the right things.
He had a good year with the U18s and the reserves, and the experience he picked up will stand him in good stead.
Without being unfair to Conor, I don’t think he is outstanding at any one particular thing, but he’s a good all rounded footballer with a tremendous attitude and sense of leadership, which is why he is the captain of our youth team and also England’s.
He has earned that respect from his colleagues and the experience of going through highs and lows as skipper could well play a part in seeing him force his way into Kenny’s thoughts.