When Liverpool sold Conor Coady to Huddersfield Town in 2014, it seems that few at the club would have expected the centre-back to go on to establish himself as the captain of a top Premier League side, as well as an England regular.
The defender came through the youth academy at the Merseyside club but would manage just two appearances for Liverpool’s first-team during his time at the club, which led to him joining the Terriers for just £500k.
After making 48 appearances for the Yorkshire club, he would complete a move to Wolves for £2 million in 2015, where he has gone on to establish himself as something of a club legend.
The Englishman helped the Old Gold to promotion back to the top-flight in 2018 where they have since established themselves as a top club, as they secured Europa League qualification in their first season back in the Premier League, before narrowly missing out on Europe last season.
In his five years with the Molineux outfit, Coady has gone on to make an impressive 244 appearances, in which he has contributed two goals and seven assists (per Transfermarkt).
His performances in the Premier League recently earned the 27-year-old an England call-up and he made his debut for the Three Lions in a 0-0 draw against Denmark in September of this year (per Transfermarkt).
Understandably, his value has soared in recent years, with Transfermarkt currently valuing the defender at £22.5 million, suggesting that Liverpool certainly made a mistake in selling him for so cheap back in 2014.
Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for the centre-back ahead of Leicester City’s game against Wolves earlier in the season, saying:
“It has been so refreshing seeing a young player you’ve worked with come through the levels. He has always had that joy of football, it was his passion.
“He has gone on to become a full international and plays at a really high level. He has been superb for Wolves.
“I am so pleased for Conor because he was a young player when I went into Liverpool and he was always deemed to have a fantastic attitude.
“When he did step up and train with us he was excellent. We gave him his debut in a Europa League game in Russia and he did ever so well.
“He was a midfield player at that moment and it was difficult for him to get in. I followed his career through to Huddersfield where he was playing in a 4-4-2 and certainly not as he is now.
“The transformation and seeing him playing at the back didn’t surprise me because he has a wonderful football brain. He is very good technically and is a really good communicator.” (per Evening Express)
Whilst it is impossible to know whether his career would have had the same trajectory had he stayed with the Reds, there is no doubt that having the England international at the club right now would have been of huge benefit to Jurgen Klopp, considering their current injury crisis in defence.