Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Conor Coady has said that links to Liverpool do not affect him and that there is no possibility of him leaving Molineux anytime soon.
This comes from the Super 6 Podcast. Coady spoke with them having previously been tipped with a move back to his boyhood club, with Jurgen Klopp’s side currently short on defenders.
Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are both long-term absentees, after all, while Joel Matip is a constant injury concern to Liverpool.
Coady, who came through the academy ranks at Liverpool, insists that the links do not concern him and that his only immediate priority is getting Wolves higher up the Premier League table.
“Honestly it doesn’t affect me whatsoever,” Coady said. “I’ve grown to love this football club since the day I joined
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“I think those things are easy to put out there, I think they’re easy to read, people just put two and two together and go that might happen or whatever.
“Honestly I couldn’t be happier where I am. I speak about being at this football club all the time and what this club has given me, it’s given me my whole life – and I have everything to owe to this football club.”
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Indeed, bringing Coady back to Anfield is an exciting prospect on paper, but the reality is that both the player and club have no intentions of making such a move happen.
For one, Coady is integral to the way Nuno Espirito Santo looks to build his team. He is the club’s leader and motivator, after all.
And as a result, forcing him to give up what he has at Molineux certainly won’t come cheaply either.
Also, there are number of underlying factors that could prompt Liverpool from avoiding a potential target such as Coady.
For one, the player turns 28 next month, and given both Van Dijk and Matip are 29, the club could prefer to look elsewhere for a more long-term investment.
Moreover, Coady thrives in a back-three and a defensive system that functions very differently to Liverpool’s. Getting him up to speed with Jurgen Klopp’s style of play could take time. Unfortunately, time isn’t something that the Reds cannot afford to spare at this particular moment.
The England international’s form has dipped recently, too. Wolves, similarly to Liverpool, are really struggling at the moment.
Nuno, like Klopp, has failed to win any of his previous five league outings which has seen the Midlands outfit drop to 14th in the table.
In their most recent encounter – a Black Country derby encounter with West Brom – saw Coady substituted in the Premier League for the first time as Wolves fell to a disapointing 3-2 defeat.