Wolves’ Conor Coady teased over Liverpool transfer live in Sky Sports interview

Conor Coady was at the centre of a wind-up from Jamie Carragher over replacing Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool after helping Wolves beat Leeds United on Monday.

The boyhood Reds fan refused to rise to the bait when he was teased by his former Anfield team-mate in a live Sky Sports interview following Monday's Premier League clash.

Carragher jokingly told Coady that Jurgen Klopp had mentioned him as a possible January transfer target as the Reds boss looks for centre-half options following Van Dijk's ACL injury.

Coady had just marshalled Wolves' defence to a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leeds which moved them up to sixth place in the table.

And the 27-year-old wasn't about to be caught out by Carragher's ruse – although the Reds legend was only half joking, as he later said that only Van Dijk could match Coady's ability to pass out from the back.

Carragher said to Coady after Monday's game: "Obviously you won't be aware, you were playing tonight, but Jurgen Klopp has done his Champions League press conference ahead of the game with Ajax and he's actually mentioned you and two other players who he thinks could be a replacement for Virgil van Dijk. Would that come into your thinking?"

Coady replied: "I can't believe you've just put this on me here. Not at all. I love playing for this football club every single day. We've just beat Leeds in an amazing game."

Carragher wasn't giving up, though, saying, "You must be honoured though with Klopp saying that" – to which Coady replied: "No. Listen you know what I'm like mate."

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At that point, Sky Sports anchor Dave Jones intervened, saying: "Conor, Conor, don’t believe a word he’s saying! Don’t get dragged into that, honestly."

Carragher and Coady were briefly at Liverpool together before the latter left on loan to Sheffield United in 2013, later joining Huddersfield and then Wolves.

And Carragher clearly thinks a lot of his former team-mate, who has cemented himself in the England set-up of late.

The former Reds defender later said of Coady: "He's brilliant. A brilliant player. You've seen him in the performance tonight.

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"Actually the disallowed goal, just offside for Wolves, when it was 0-0, comes from him playing out from the back. That long switch of play.

"I think that's why he's done so well for England. You look at his organisation, middle of a back three like he does for Wolves.

"And his passing range – every defender has strengths and weaknesses, but there's no one better.

"Look, I was winding him up about Virgil van Dijk but there's probably only Virgil van Dijk who's as good as Conor Coady in terms of passing from the back."

Van Dijk will be out for much of the season as he needs surgery on the ACL injury he suffered against Everton – and if Coady keeps up his current form it could well be that he lands a dream transfer back to his boyhood club.

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