Liverpool are considering a return for Wolves captain Conor Coady, according to reports.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim Wolves are offering Coady a new contract to see off interest.
The Mail also name Arsenal as interested in the defender, citing his ‘ability to play out from the back’ as the reason for the Gunners’ interest.
Liverpool would surely fancy their chances of beating Arsenal to Coady’s signature if it comes to a fight for him. The 25-year-old grew up supporting the Reds and developed in their academy before leaving in 2014.
Convincing Coady to leave Wolves wouldn’t be easy, however. He’s now an influential member of a Premier League side, captaining a club with lofty ambitions.
Would he give that up for a squad role at Liverpool? Only if his love for the Reds trumped everything else.
But say he was convinced, would a Conor Coady return be right for the club?
Finding a place at Liverpool
Liverpool considered Coady as a midfielder when he first broke through but the player has since made a name for himself in defence.
That’s a well-stocked position for Liverpool – even if the current injury ‘crisis’ makes it feel short. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, and Joel Matip all get games at centre back and that’s not an easy quartet to contend with.
Coady would be ideal, however, if Jurgen Klopp wishes to move any of them on – Van Dijk aside, of course.
His ability to play a defensive midfield role as well as at centre back would give Klopp cover in two positions. Fabinho is the only out-and-out defensive midfield player in the squad but is growing in influence. The more important Fabinho becomes to the system, the more valuable cover for him will be.
Returning as a leader
Coady is captain material too, and Liverpool have seen how important that can be. Van Dijk’s ability has lifted Liverpool since his arrival but his leadership has had an equally important effect.
James Milner, another leader in the squad, is now 33 and beginning to wind down. Replacing his personality in the side will be important.
There isn’t really a place for Coady as of right now but there’s always the potential for one to open up. If one should, the Liverpool-born player would almost certainly be a very useful addition to the squad.