Conor Coady has become a victim of Liverpool’s summer transfer activity with the club having accepted an offer from Huddersfield Town that will see the young midfielder depart Anfield on a permanent basis.
Liverpool through and through
Huddersfield are reported to have made an offer of £500,000 in order to conclude a deal for the 21-year-old defensive midfielder, with Coady having signed a three-year contract to confirm his arrival at the John Smith's Stadium.
Coady is a graduate of the Liverpool academy having joined the club aged only 12 and much was expected from him after captaining the club at various age group levels during his time spent in the youth ranks.
After first being included in the Liverpool senior squad in 2009, it took a further three years until Coady was actually afforded his debut, which came against Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League, before another appearance followed that same season.
Lack of chances
A reduction in the amount of games the following campaign after Liverpool missed out on Europe meant opportunities would become more sparse, and the decision was taken for Coady to join Sheffield United on loan for 2013-14.
He impressed during his time at Bramall Lane as the Blades reached the semi-final of the FA Cup, with Coady appearing in all eight of the club’s games in the competition, as well as 39 times in League One.
Coady returned to Liverpool after the expiration of this deal but, after the acquisition of Emre Can, his first-team prospects appeared slim. He was, however, optimistic about featuring for the senior side at some point.
“There is a real buzz in the squad and I'm sure the club is going to go on to even bigger and better things. Hopefully I can be a part of that,” Coady told the Liverpool Echo at the start of pre-season.
“I speak to the manager regularly and he tells us what he expects from the young lads.
“This summer is about me working hard and trying to get myself as fit as possible. Another loan spell could be possible but we'll see what happens.”