Jurgen Klopp has a plan to help out Conor Bradley. That’s according to the teenager’s international boss.
Conor Bradley is undoubtedly one of the most exciting prospects at Liverpool right now. The right-back even got himself a senior debut against Norwich City in the EFL Cup and while he gave away a penalty, we were impressed with him.
The 18-year-old clearly has a ton of talent and it doesn’t take much to see it. In fact, Northern Ireland were happy to hand the teenager multiple international appearances before he got near Liverpool’s senior side.
But Bradley undoubtedly has a major problem. He’s a young right-back at Liverpool and that means competing with Trent Alexander-Arnold – the best in the world.
Alexander-Arnold is still only young himself, meaning he won’t step aside until Bradley is nearing the end of his career. How, then, can Liverpool make use of the kid’s talent?
Klopp has Conor Bradley plan
According to Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough, Jurgen Klopp believes a change of position is necessary.
“Jurgen thinks – and I agree, who am I not to agree with him actually – that Conor could play in a midfield role as he gets older,” he said per Belfast Live. “He has the skill-set to be a conventional full-back or a wing-back, but he can also play in midfield. A little bit higher up.
“He’s got a great understanding of football and different areas, so that’s a great string to his bow.”
That, in our mind, would be a very smart idea. Alexander-Arnold is unquestionably in Bradley’s way right now and a position change could be the making of him.
For now, he’s okay as the Scouser’s understudy but that’s not a long-term position for any player with Bradley’s ability. It’s the same problem Neco Williams has, in fact.
But whereas Williams may not suit midfield, it sounds as though Bradley will. That’s one to watch out for over the coming seasons, then, as we might see the youngster gradually develop a midfield game.
And with that, Liverpool solve an awkward problem.