Former Liverpool prospect Conor Coady returns to Anfield with Wolves this weekend.
The 26-year-old came through our academy and was highly touted on Merseyside. However, after just two senior appearances Liverpool sold the rising star to Championship side Huddersfield.
Five years later he captains a Premier League team at Anfield. Is he finally ready to play at the level Liverpool need?
Since leaving Merseyside, Coady has grown into a top defender. His talent, form and determination have been rewarded as he is now captain of one of the best sides in the Premier League. Which begs the question: Did Liverpool miss a trick by letting Coady leave the club five years ago?
One look at the level of his performances today and you would be inclined to say yes. But in reality, if he had stayed at Anfield, games would have been few and far between. Coady would have never reached the levels we currently see him play at.
Right now though he is more than capable of playing for his boyhood club and the Liverpool board should consider making a move. Jurgen Klopp is currently managing a defensive crisis and bringing another talented centre back in would really help us. Coady is still young, his best years are in front of him and he could truly flourish in the Liverpool shirt.
Dejan Lovren although impressive this season will likely exit the club sooner rather than later. When he does the German will need a suitable, world-class replacement. The former academy graduate perfectly fits the bill.
Coady would bring a fire to the team that only local lads can do. Think of him as Jamie Carragher 2.0. It really would be a perfect signing. Although Nuno Espirito Santo is unlikely to let his captain leave on the cheap.