Interest in ex-Real Madrid star is bad news for one Liverpool youngster

Liverpool are reportedly re-considering a move for Alex Fernandez of Espanyol.

Catalan based newspaper Sport ran a story last weekend, which suggested that Liverpool were still interested in signing Alex Fernandez from Spanish club Espanyol.

Liverpool reportedly tried to do a deal for him last summer when he left Real Madrid and if their interest in re-approaching him is accurate, it could be bad news for one current midfielder on loan away from the club.

Conor Coady has spent the season on loan with Sheffield United in League One, he’s accumulated an impressive variety of stats during his spell in English football’s third tier which suggest he’s done everything Brendan Rodgers would have asked for.

His 43 appearances across all competitions has produced six goals and two assists, which isn’t bad for a predominantly defensively minded player.

Should Liverpool go after Alex again this summer, it will push Coady potentially further down the pecking order, preventing him from achieving what he wants which is regular first team football at Anfield.

Rodgers is the perfect example of a current boss not afraid to use younger players in his team, Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan to name just two, so there is hope for 21-year-old Coady that he can be competitive next season.

The main problem is that Liverpool are well stocked, even more so if Fernandez arrives, in central positions.

The club aren’t short of players who can play central midfield roles and there are four top class central defenders in the form of Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure who line the back four.

The theory on the part of Rodgers could be that increasing the competition for places among younger players will ultimately improve their quality overall.

Coady is a special player so it’s important that the club don’t get carried away with foreign imports, recognise the achievements of players on loan and continue to invest time and coaching to give them a better chance of having an impact for the senior side.

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