Reds fans will feel a touch of bittersweet pride to go along with their apprehension when their side takes on the dangerous Wolverhampton Wanderers later today. The latter emotion at the prospect of facing a team that has relished the role of giant killers this season, while the former welling up at the sight of Liverpool academy graduate, Conor Coady captaining his side to a shocking 7th-place position nearly halfway through the season.
Unbeaten against the big six clubs, bar a 3-2 loss to Tottenham, the newly-promoted upstarts have relied on an ability to snatch opportunistic goals up front and remain solid at the back, in no small part due to Coady’s leadership at the heart of defense.
Wolves manager, Nuno Espirito Santo has leaned on the his skipper’s Liverpool pedigree in their ascent from the Championship, something Coady knows he will need against his boyhood club:
“It’s going to be a tough game,” the Merseyside-born defender admitted. “We don’t go into games with fear. We think we can win every game, no matter who we’re up against.”
“[Liverpool have] got a good chance to win the league and they’ve started the season really well, but we want to try to stop that from a Wolves point of view, it’s as simple as that.”
Despite never quite making the grade at Liverpool, Coady has found a home at the Molineux after leaving the club in 2014. And although the 25-year-old’s remains a diehard fan, he is adamant that that sentiment won’t get in the way Friday evening when he attempts to scuttle the Reds title challenge:
“I grew up supporting Liverpool and I still follow their results to see how they’re getting on. But I want to beat them more than ever with Wolves.”