Having made his Liverpool debut as a fresh faced teenager back in 1975, David Fairclough is keen to cast his eye on the Anfield youth of today.
'Super sub' has been impressed by the performances of a number of youngsters in the famed Academy, but one player who has caught his attention in particular is 18-year-old Conor Coady.
The teenage defender saw his youth teammates John Flanagan and Jack Robinson make the step up to Kenny Dalglish's first team last season, and Fairclough is backing Coady as the next player off the production line to make his senior bow.
"Conor is someone who threatened to make the breakthrough into the first team in 2010-11 and being named on the bench against Sparta Prague and Birmingham, and also involved in the European squads, is a clear sign he is obviously doing the right things," Fairclough to Liverpoolfc.tv.
"He had a good year with the Under 18s and the reserves, and the experience he picked up will stand him in good stead."
Fairclough also believes that Coady's leadership qualities could mark him out as a potential future Liverpool captain.
"Without being unfair to Conor, I don't think he is outstanding at any one particular thing, but he's a good all rounded footballer with a tremendous attitude and sense of leadership, which is why he is the captain of our youth team and also England's," added the former Kop favourite.
"He has earned that respect from his colleagues and the experience of going through highs and lows as skipper could well play a part in seeing him force his way into Kenny's thoughts."
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