Conor Bradley says he’s already feeling the positive effects of pre-season. The teenager could be set for first-team football soon.
The Athletic reported back in June that Neco Williams could leave Liverpool. That makes it an awfully big pre-season for Conor Bradley.
Because the Reds wouldn’t go out to sign a replacement for the Welshman. Instead, they’d back 18-year-old Bradley to step up as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s backup.
We’re written on Bradley before and you can get our thoughts on that plan here. What’s clear above all is that he’s a very talented young player and one who could have a bright future with Liverpool.
Turning to the Athletic again, they claim the club see Bradley as someone ‘well beyond his years’. That goes some way to explaining why they’d back him to replace Williams next season.
So with that in mind, they’ve got to be thrilled with Bradley’s comments in pre-season. He believes he’s getting better fast.
Conor Bradley enjoying pre-season
“It has been an unreal week for me,” Bradley told Liverpoolfc.com. “I’m very proud, getting my debut last week and then signing a new contract this week. So, I’ll just keep working hard and I’m very proud.
“You can’t just dwell on the past. You need to look to the future, keep trying to better yourself and try to work hard and see where that takes you.
“I feel like I’ve improved massively, I’ve been listening to the coaches like Pep, just taking loads off them in different ways tactically and stuff like that.
“I just want to stay here as long as I can and keep improving, which is the best thing for me.”
It’s exactly what Liverpool need to hear. Bradley goes on to mention how he’s learning from the likes of Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah.
Not just on the pitch, either – he’s picking up eating habits and what they’re up to between training sessions. It’s all pre-season perfection.
This time of year is about fitness, first and foremost. But there’s also a hope that certain players can shine, improve, and benefit from being around the club’s elite players.
Bradley is ticking those boxes and backing up Liverpool’s faith in him all at once. He certainly appears to have that bright future they hope for.