18-year-old's display yesterday shows exactly why Klopp's reportedly ready to sell 'outstanding' talent - RTK View
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18-year-old's FA Cup display shows exactly why Klopp is reportedly ready to sell 'outstanding' talent this month - RTK View

Conor Bradley was excellent against Shrewsbury. The young Northern Irishman laid on a pinpoint assist for Kaide Gordon to equalise and it was his cutback that led to Liverpool’s crucial third goal.

Moments of quality like this make it easy to see why Liverpool’s coaching staff are so excited about him. It also shows why Liverpool may let Neco Williams leave this month, as reported by Sky Sports.

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Williams has seen his game time limited due to the excellent form of Trent Alexander-Arnold. But he has played well when given the chance and was labelled as “outstanding” by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after a great performance away at AC Milan.

He has also regularly shown his quality for Wales. His displays during the November international break were particularly impressive.

Bradley comes to the fore

The game against Shrewsbury was Bradley’s third start of the season. He played well on his debut against Norwich in the Carabao Cup before struggling against Leicester in the same competition in December, being replaced at half-time.

He looked to relish the opportunity to play against much more experienced players on Sunday. As Liverpool toiled in the first half, his link up play with Gordon down the right looked the most likely source of a goal.

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Shrewsbury’s opener came down his side though, the 18-year-old could have got out to his man quicker. But the way the academy graduate responded to that setback will have delighted Jurgen Klopp.

Williams on the way out

The back-up right back position at Liverpool is unique. Trent Alexander-Arnold is the outstanding player in that position in world football.

He is also young enough that he can occupy the position for a decade or more. It therefore makes sense to Liverpool to fill the back-up slot with a young player who can learn from Trent and step in for the cup games.

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There is an argument that Williams has now outgrown that role and it would benefit both club and player to move on. The Welshman has himself recently expressed a desire for more minutes.

If Liverpool can get a decent fee for him, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be allowed to pursue his career elsewhere. He has shown himself capable of playing to a Premier League level and in Bradley Liverpool have a more than able deputy to Trent.

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