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'Top level potential': Manager is convinced that he's just picked up an 'elite' player from Liverpool

Conor Bradley is a special talent and has incredible potential. That’s according to his new boss at Bolton Wanderers.

Liverpool announced on Tuesday that Conor Bradley will join Bolton Wanderers for the upcoming season. The teenage right-back is heading for first-team football at the senior level – something he was unlikely to get at Anfield.

That’s the problem with playing in the same position as Trent Alexander-Arnold. It also doesn’t help that the Reds just signed Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen and look set to put him into their squad.

So if Bradley is to develop properly, a loan makes sense. Bolton is where he hopes to kick on a level and to say they’re excited would be underselling it.

“I believe Conor will be a fantastic player for us,” said boss Ian Evatt, per the Manchester Evening News. “A huge potential with top level potential and I’m excited to work with him.

“You don’t play for Liverpool unless you’re elite and I believe Conor is elite. Is he the finished article? No.

“He’s a young player that’s going to have ups and downs this season, but I believe he’s going to have a lot more ups than downs.”

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Conor Bradley and his ‘top level potential’

It’s what you want to hear when a player heads out on loan. Bolton are clearly excited to have Bradley and see how good a player he is – and can be.

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This is exactly what we hoped would happen and with any luck, Bradley can add a lot to his game over the next year. Not that things will ever be easy.

Even if Bradley does improve, he’ll return to a squad that still has both Alexander-Arnold and Ramsay in it. Both are young players, too, who will only improve. Realistically, no one is getting in at right-back unless the former changes his position – Ramsay will find that, too.

But we’ll wish Bradley all the luck in the world. He’s a very talented young player and one who deserves his shot in senior football.

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