Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers runs with the ball.
Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers runs with the ball. David Rogers

Ex-Reds youth hoping to help topple former side

WOLVES midfielder Conor Coady was born on Merseyside and spent 15 years at Liverpool from the age of six but he will take great pleasure in helping to cause an FA Cup shock when the two sides meet at Anfield tonight.

Coady, 23, has played 65 times for the Championship side since leaving the Reds in 2014 for Huddersfield Town in search of first-team football.

He signed for Wolves in 2015 and has become a regular for the Wanderers.

While he loved his hometown club, he said it would be good to put one over his former team.

"From our point of view we are going to Liverpool without any real pressure on our shoulders,” he said.

"We are going to play against a big club at a big stadium and it is great for us to have the opportunity.

"It is about going there and trying to keep up some of our recent momentum and getting on the front foot and trying to win the game.

"Liverpool is a huge club, but we want to go and make our mark on the game.

"We want to really enjoy the occasion but we also want to come away with the win.”

Coady said all his family were Liverpool fans but would be asking them to change their allegiance for tonight.

"I'm demanding they support Wolves!” Coady told the Express & Star newspaper.

"To be fair, I've got a few family members who go to Liverpool games as well.

"As you can imagine I've been asked for a few tickets as well.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he would take any punishment following his sending off in the Gunners' 2-1 win over Burnley last week.

Wenger was sent from the touchline and was later charged by the English Football Association for verbally abusing and pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor.

He later apologised but was due to face the FA yesterday, ahead of Arsenal's fourth-round FA Cup clash with Southampton tonight.

"I've said what I have publicly and the rest will be more discreet,” Wenger said.

"I don't know if I will be punished and how I will be punished.

"The only thing I can say is that when I was sent off I was surprised and then I was in the tunnel which is where I thought I could be.”

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