Birthdate: 25 February 1993
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Other clubs: Sheffield United (loan 2013-14)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: 2001
Liverpool debut: 08.11.2012
Last appearance: 12.05.2013
Win ratio: 50% W: 1 D: 0 L: 1
LFC league games/goals: 1 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 2 / 0
A product of the Liverpool Academy, Coady captained the England Under-17 team that won the European Championship in 2010, beating a much-fancied Spanish side in the final in Liechtenstein. Coady, whose club teammate Andre Wisdom was also a member of the winning team, said at the time “It’s just unbelievable. I can’t believe we’ve done it. Lifting that trophy was just unreal. It’s everything I’ve dreamt about.” The experience gained whilst on international duty certainly did help him at club level. In the same calendar year of his international success, Coady moved up to the reserve team after captaining Liverpool’s Under-18's throughout the season and was able to help the club’s second string to a senior cup double in the summer of 2010. Coady's achievements were recognised when he was nominated for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.
Coady has already proved to be a confident and assured performer as either a central defender or a holding midfielder. He has an imposing physical presence as well as being a good tackler, header and passer. Apart from being a good footballer he also has terrific leadership qualities. Many are predicting that he could become a future captain for his club as well as his country. Coady is taking the same path through the ranks at Liverpool as Jamie Carragher and he doesn't mind being compared to him: "I know Jamie Carragher did a similar thing by playing in midfield for the U18's and then moving into defence - if I can do half as well as he has done I'll be delighted." Coady was twice on Liverpool's bench in the 2010/11 season but it must have been disappointing for him not being involved at all in the following campaign despite taking active part in the pre-season tour, as Dalglish continued his rebuilding job at the club. Coady finally made his first-team debut under Brendan Rodgers in a 1-0 defeat to Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia on 8 November 2012. Although he only made four more match-day squads after that, making a very brief appearance as a late substitute in the win at Fulham in May, the fact that his manager included him in the squads for three of the last five Premier League matches of the season must give him the boost of knowing that he is still in his manager's plans; and as he was only twenty years old when the season ended, time is most definitely still on his side.
In the middle of June 2013 Coady was named as England's captain for the forthcoming under-20 World Cup to be held in Turkey.
Coady was not one of the senior players selected to travel to Indonesia for Liverpool's Far East tour on the 16th of July. The reason became clear at the end of the same week when he agreed a six-month loan-deal with League One club Sheffield United. This loan was subsequently extended until 24 February 2014, the day before the player's twenty-first birthday. It was then further extended until the end of the 2013-14 season.
Coady was a big success at Sheffield United, making 39 appearances in League One and scoring five times. He also played in eight FA Cup-ties (scoring once) as The Blades reached the semi-final stage of the competition, where they lost to Hull City. Fifty first-team appearances for the Sheffield club was excellent experience for the young Liverpudlian as he returned to his parent club hoping that he could make a similar impression there.