I found it easy to leave Anfield and I knew Liverpool would accept my transfer decision


While players like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Steven Gerrard have realized the childhood dream of emerging through Liverpool’s ranks, numerous others have had to acknowledge that their professional paths lay elsewhere. Despite Jürgen Klopp’s consistent inclusion of young talent this season, opportunities in the first team can be sparse.

Conor Coady, who joined Liverpool at the age of 12 in 2005, stood out as one of the most promising prospects in the club’s setup, primarily playing in a central midfield position. After a few appearances as an unused substitute, Coady, also serving as the Under-21s captain, finally made his debut in a 2012 Europa League match under Brendan Rodgers.

Although Liverpool faced defeat in that game, Coady had to patiently await his next chance, which came in the penultimate game of the Premier League season, entering as a late substitute in a victory against Fulham. Regrettably, this marked the extent of Coady’s involvement in Liverpool’s first team. Following a loan to Sheffield United in 2013 and a permanent move to Huddersfield the following summer, Coady acknowledges that he recognized the opportune moment to move on.

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Reflecting on his departure, Coady disclosed, “When I was on loan, Liverpool nearly won the league, and I remember going back in pre-season, but I just knew it was time. I knew Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva, and Joe Allen were ahead of me, and I wasn’t going to get in.”

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