Report: Jurgen Klopp has ‘high hopes’ for 18-year-old Liverpool prospect who’s been in training camp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly a fan of the club’s teenage prospect Conor Bradley.
According to the Athletic, Klopp has “high hopes” for the 18-year-old defender from the Reds academy.
The Northern Irish right-back has been with the main group in a pre-season training camp this summer, so the first-team boss will have had a chance to get a close look at him.
Bradley, who moved to Liverpool back in 2019, is a highly rated talent.
The full-back played across both the Under-23s and Under-18s team last season. He was part of the group that lost in the FA Youth Cup final. However, he’s still waiting to make his competitive senior debut for the Merseyside giants.
Can Conor Bradley make breakthrough into Liverpool squad?
Klopp’s admiration for Bradley, along with speculation about Liverpool full-back Neco Williams, should be encouragement that the youngster could earn a senior opportunity next season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is the outstanding right-back at Anfield, so it’s going to be an almost impossible task to replace him.
However, perhaps the door may open for Bradley to act as an understudy.
The Athletic claims Liverpool will sell right-back Neco Williams for £10million if the opportunity arises.
There are versatile players in the Reds squad that can cover Alexander-Arnold at right-back, but Bradley is someone to keep an eye out on.