Conor Bradley has looked back on his Champions League debut for Liverpool, labelling it as a ‘pretty mad’ experience.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Bradley looked back on his first Liverpool start – against Leicester City at Anfield in September.
“It really was a dream come true when I stepped out on to the pitch and heard all the fans singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. It was a thing of dreams,” said Bradley.
The young right-back went on to thank Jurgen Klopp for giving him the opportunities during the 2021/22 campaign.
“Coming on in Europe for my Champions League debut was also very special. That was pretty mad. It was a wonderful night and I was thankful to Jurgen for giving me the chance,” said the Northern Ireland international.
“Everyone knows all about the manager. He helps you so much. He doesn’t make you feel nervous or anything. All he wants to do is help you and try and make you better.
“He talks about different things tactically and how to play in and out of possession, and he really has helped me massively since I’ve been working with the first team.”
Time for a loan
All in all, Bradley played five times for Liverpool in a breakout campaign for the 18-year-old. That he is already well established within the Northern Ireland squad too is testament to his talent.
But with Liverpool looking to bring in Calvin Ramsay for next season, it looks like he may need to go out on-loan to continue his development.
And that’s exactly what might happen according to the Liverpool Echo. They claim that the youngster will take part in Liverpool’s pre-season preparations before a ‘decision is made’ on whether he’ll make a move.
‘A number’ of Championship clubs are said to be interested in him. With international experience in the bag already, this looks like the kind of level he should test himself at next.
More chances to come
Bradley was part of a cohort of young Liverpool players who made their first-team debuts last season.
The move for the senior squad to join the academy at Kirkby is already starting to pay dividends.
With more talent such as the likes of Oakley Cannonier coming through the youth ranks, we could see another handful of debuts next season.
As the pre-season tours of old return ahead of 2022/ 23, a number of young players are likely to be given a chance. If they can impress Klopp, they might find themselves in the first-team before they know it.