21-year-old Conor Coady certainly seems to be one for the future for Liverpool. Besides his obvious talent, Coady brings heaps of energy, commitment and desire to every game he plays and has been praised by Nigel Clough because of this.
Brendan Rodgers has been keeping tabs on the youngster, as have first-team coach Mike Marsh and U21 coach Alex Inglethorpe. Coady told Liverpoolfc.com: "I spoke to the boss a few months ago and he was fantastic with me.
"He also dropped me a little text, which I was made up about as it's something he didn't have to do. To get a text off the Liverpool manager is fantastic.
"I also speak with Mike Marsh a lot and Alex Inglethorpe, who are brilliant. Marshy came to watch me play against Brentford recently and I appreciate the support.
"Alex has been fantastic with his support. Since he came into the club he has always tried to improve me as a player. He has helped me a lot and I have learned so much from him."
His strengths include the simplicity in his game. He appears very mature on the football pitch for a young player, always choosing the easy pass but getting his team up the pitch none the less. Alongside that his defensive contribution is exemplary, with strong positioning allowing him to easily break up play.
The Liverpool born lad has also contributed a few goals this season, including both in a 2-0 win over Crawley last month.
Having already captained his country at the U20 World Cup, Coady is showing signs of a bright future. Comparisons to Steven Gerrard are likely to come over the next few years for the Liverpool fan, and there are some similarities, though Coady is a much more defensive player than Gerrard was in his early days.
It would appear Coady is firmly in Brendan Rodgers' plans, who has admitted Liverpool are nowhere near the finished article. His style of play would fit perfectly into a Liverpool system though, and would undoubtedly be a fans favourite.
"I have been a Liverpool fan all of my life since I was a baby and it would be really proud moment to play for Liverpool's first team at Anfield.
"But at the minute it's about me knuckling down and trying to play as well as I can for Sheffield United and push on." said Coady.
Sheffield United will no doubt want to keep hold of the player for next season, as he has been a key part of the team – especially under Clough. But with the emphasis Rodgers places on youth and Coady's willingness to learn, his first team chances may come sooner than he expects.