Jamie Carragher has said that former Red Conor Coady is as good at passing the ball out from the back as Virgil van Dijk.
The Wolves captain left Liverpool for £500,000 to join Huddersfield in 2014 before making the move to Molineux a year later. Since then, he has been a rock at the heart of the Midlands outfit’s defence, indeed he has played in every single Premier League match since the start of last season.
Van Dijk, meanwhile, is arguably the best centre-back on the planet – as per last year’s Ballon d’Or rankings – but former Reds star Carragher believes Coady and the Netherlands international are on the same level in terms of their passing ability.
Writing in his recent column for Sky Sports, the ex-England defender said: “Conor Coady has also done brilliantly for Wolves; he has not missed a minute this season and is probably as good as anyone alongside Van Dijk in terms of passing from the back.”
Whilst Coady has been an ever-present for Nuno Espirito Santo this term, it is perhaps a little much to compare him to the 28-year-old.
In the top tier, the former has an average pass accuracy of 84.1%, which is dwarfed by the latter’s 89.2%. Van Dijk also has more key passes per game, with 0.2 compared to zero – in this department, like in so many others, it is the Liverpool man who leads the way. Carragher may want to look at the stats a little more closely.
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