Coady spent last season on loan at Sheffield United where he helped the club progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and, under the management of Nigel Clough, helped the side to safety in League One as the Blades finished solidly in mid-table.
Coady has got to the age when he has been part of Liverpool's pre-season tours as far back as 2011, and was given his first-team debut in 2012/13 by Brendan Rodgers in a Europa League game, where he played an hour in a 1-0 defeat to Russian side Anzhi. Later on that season he was given a late, brief cameo in a 3-1 Premier League win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
After a season on loan at Brammal Lane, the midfielder will have hoped to have made the grade at Anfield this term but following the signing of Emre Can it made competition for places in the central midfield area of the field at Liverpool all the more intense, and seemingly limiting Coady's opportunities.
Some have been impressed by his performances during the pre-season games but with Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen and Emre Can all ahead of him in the pecking order - some would suggest a move would be the best for Coady's career.
It is sad for the club to lose any product of their academy, but Coady has a lot of promise and needs regular game time at his age, and there is no guarantee he will get that at Liverpool given the options at their disposal.