Liverpool academy graduate and current Wolves captain Conor Coady has praised fellow Scouser Trent Alexander-Arnold’s rapid rise to stardom.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, 26-year-old Coady was full of kind words for the England international, who has found a path into the Reds first team.
He said: “It’s incredible. I hope people realise how tough it is to make it at a club like this, because it is tough, the achievement is remarkable.
“How he has gone about his business is absolutely brilliant. You see how much he loves Liverpool, I’ve heard him talk plenty of times saying he wants to be Liverpool captain, he wants to spend his career at Liverpool, this is his club and you really believe him when he says it.”
In a different world, Coady could have been playing alongside Alexander-Arnold in this Liverpool team, but left for Wolves in 2015.
His affection for the club is as clear as Alexander-Arnold’s is, but any chance of a return looks slim, in truth.
Coady has established himself as a central defender – he was a midfielder at Anfield – and the captain of an upwardly mobile club who would hate to let him go.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have signed the world’s best central defender in Virgil van Dijk and have promising young Englishman Joe Gomez all primed to develop alongside him.
Coady’s career has blossomed at a slower right than Alexander-Arnold’s – although both men were impressive last season – but it seems the chances of the pair playing together at Anfield has been and gone.