Conor Coady is hoping his hard work can earn him a chance in the first team.
In Liverpool’s 4-0 win in their end of season friendly against Shamrock Rovers, amongst all the youngsters and players returning from loan spells was midfielder Conor Coady.
Coady has been on loan at League One’s Sheffield United. Many will have first seen him during the pre-season in 2011 when he scored a goal in a pre-season win Guangdong on the Reds’ tour of the Far East.
This season he has been in a more high pressure environment as Sheffield United had to fight off the scare of relegation before managing an improbable FA Cup run to the semi-finals which was eventually ended by Hull City in a 5-3 thriller at Wembley Stadium, along with comfortably securing their place in English football's third tier for another season.
Coady is hopeful that his loan spell has done him some good, and told the Liverpool website after the friendly win over Shamrock Rovers: “You have seen what the manager does – he gives young lads a chance. Hopefully I can carry on working hard, carry on improving and we’ll see what happens.
“You see that when the young lads go in, they do a great job. We’ve got some fantastic young players here. I just need to keep working and improving, and hopefully I can get that chance.”
He scored on six occasions during his time with the Blades, and made 50 appearances in total, as they ended up finishing in mid-table in League One. His whole demeanour in the game against Shamrock Rovers showed a youngster who had matured significantly whilst he’s been away from Merseyside.
He looks carefully where he puts the ball and seems to be a thinker, rather than a kick and rush type of midfielder, and could well adapt to a Brendan Rodgers style easily.
Whether it’s too big a step up for him right now remains to be seen, but the loan spell seems to have done the 21-year-old some good.