'Next Carragher' wants to send Liverpool boss 'big message'

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Liverpool youngster Conor Coady is hoping to impress in the FA Youth Cup against Notts County.

The Reds' U18 side start their campaign at Meadow Lane this evening (Tuesday), and the young Liverpool captain has urged his team-mates to stay focused on the task at hand against their less-illustrious rivals.

"We'll have to take it one game at a time and if we get past Nott County, we will look forward to the next draw," Coady told official website

"It would be unreal to win it. It really would be the icing on the cake if I had the chance to lift the trophy at the end of the season."

Coady has been earning rave reviews for his performances, both for Liverpool and England. The 16-year-old captained England in the U17 European Championships earlier in the year, and is keen to build on his efforts.

Comparisons to Anfield legend Jamie Carragher are understandable given the player's style and talent.

"I've heard a few of the lads may drop down from the reserves and that will only benefit us. I think our Youth Cup team this season will be very strong."

Coady is one of the players starting to make a name for himself in John McMahon's second XI, with the versatile youngster playing in central midfield if required by the Liverpool hierarchy.

For now, the player's focus remains on attempting to lift silverware with his young teammates, but it is likely that Roy Hodgson will be keeping an eye on proceedings as he looks to develop young talent at Liverpool.

The Anfield outfit are famed for progressing players through the Melwood Academy, and Coady will hope to be the next starlet making an impression on Merseyside.

The Liverpool youngster gets a chance to send a message to his manager tonight, and could yet become involved in first team proceedings later in the season alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.

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