Conor Coady has a chance to make Henderson and Shelvey fearful

Liverpool players Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson will be hoping Conor Coady’s England Under-20s have a stinker at the tournament in Turkey.

Coady has been handed the captain’s armband for the highly prestigious youth tournament and if he performs out of his skin and, dare I say it, England win the tournament he could find himself fast tracked into the Liverpool first team.

Coady has been tipped to follow in the foot steps of current Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, growing up around the identity of the club, playing a similar role in the team and now tasting leadership for the first serious time.

That’s very bad news for Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson, two players who will be hoping to cement their futures at Liverpool after frustrating campaigns last season.

They both naturally have an edge in terms of experience over the 20-year-old Coady but Brendan Rodgers has never been afraid to show younger players in Liverpool’s Development Squad a bit of faith with a first team chance, with the youngster getting the nod in the Europa League last season.

If Coady plays out of his skin for England, gets an early season chance and then looks right at home in the same way as Gerrard did during his early Liverpool days, it may even force the pair to start fearing the worst.

Allen is looking to get back into the first team after some inconsistency and injury prevented him from justifying his £15 million move from Swansea City last summer.

If he’s not given the chance to play up to that price tag then he could leave Liverpool as one of the most frustrated players in a generation and it’s definitely something which will be eating away at the back of his mind.

Henderson played better over the second half of the season but didn’t look as though he was going to feature much over the first.

He returns from the Under-21 European Championship where England suffered three straight back-to-back defeats against teams they were tipped to defeat comfortably before the start of the event.

To a degree, that has eaten away at the good work he did at Liverpool before the end of the season but that late burst of form probably means he’s just at the top of the pecking order when it comes to Liverpool fringe players.

Coady has all of the natural qualities to eventually end up as one of the best midfield players at the club; pace, strength, ball retention, good basic passing and leadership.

He looks like the sort of young man who won’t pass up any opportunity at any level and that’s why it’s so important for him to play well with England before taking his chance at Liverpool when it comes.

As far as Allen and Henderson are concerned, all they can do is perform when they are around the Liverpool team next season.

Neither player will be axed this summer, because they have formed the basis of the belief and ideology which Rodgers is currently trying to create around the club.

Do you expect to see Coady getting a chance? Who’s ahead out of Allen and Henderson?

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