With Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp recently celebrating his sixth anniversary since taking charge of the Merseyside club, it’s safe to say that his reign has been a successful one for the most part, with the Reds securing their first Premier League trophy and their sixth European Cup under his watch.
One man who has played a big role in the team since Klopp took over is Trent Alexander-Arnold, who made his senior debut for the club under the German and has since gone on to make 185 appearances for the Reds across all competitions, scoring 10 goals and providing 47 assists along the way.
Despite Alexander-Arnold still only being 23, it seems as though the club could already have their future right-back star in the shape of 18-year-old Conor Bradley.
Since joining Liverpool’s under-18 side back in September 2019, the Northern Irish teenager – who is currently valued at £360,000 according to Transfermarkt – has made 18 appearances for the under-18s, scoring three goals and providing one assist in the process.
Additionally, Bradley has made 21 appearances for Liverpool’s under-23s, in which he has managed to score one goal and providing five assists, showing that he can as much of an attacking right-back as Alexander-Arnold can.
He made his senior debut for the Reds in their 3-0 win over Norwich City in the Carabao Cup last month, which was described as “amazing” by his former Dungannon United youth coach Dixie Robinson.
Looking ahead to the future, we see no reason why Bradley cannot one day be a regular in Liverpool’s senior side if he continues to impress in the youth ranks and takes any opportunity he has in the first team to show he is capable of being a potential replacement for Alexander-Arnold whenever the Englishman can’t play.
With Klopp’s side set to take on Championship club Preston North End in the next round of the Carabao Cup later this month, we think that could be another good opportunity for Bradley to show what he can do for the Reds against senior opposition, whilst also giving Alexander-Arnold a chance to rest up for Premier League and Champions League games.