Later on today, Liverpool youngster Conor Coady will be attempting to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup by helping Sheffield United beat Charlton Athletic at Bramall Lane.
The 21-year-old has been a mainstay for the Blades since initially moving to the club on a six-month loan at the start of the season.
That spell has since been extended, and Coady now has 32 appearances under his belt for the League One side, scoring four goals in the process.
And he revealed the area of his game that has most improved since he temporarily swapped Liverpool for Sheffield.
“The thing that I’ve improved the most is receiving the ball off the back-four and automatically looking forward.
“When you play at first-team level it’s important to look forward at all times.
“It’s easy to pass sideways so working on getting the ball and ensuring my first pass is a positive one has improved my game massively.”
Given the midfielders currently at Brendan Rodgers’ disposal it will be a considerable challenge for Coady to stake a claim for a regular starting spot. But he is clearly beginning to learn what is required to be a success in first-team football, and for the player, the club and his manager, that can only be a good thing.
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