Jurgen Klopp has said that Conor Bradley will get a chance to break into Liverpool’s first-team squad when he takes part in pre-season. Bradley has been impressive on loan at Bolton Wanderers, helping the League One side lift the Papa John’s Trophy, and has become a key player at international level with Northern Ireland. Klopp has been impressed by what he has seen of Bradley and said that while another temporary move is possible, he has the opportunity to force his way into Liverpool’s first-team squad.
Bradley made five senior appearances for Liverpool last season before joining Bolton to continue his development. He has made a big impact, scoring seven goals and providing six assists in 49 appearances, as he helped Wanderers lift the Papa John’s Trophy at Wembley while maintaining the club’s play-off push. Bradley has also stood out in a struggling Northern Ireland side and is already a fan favourite at Windsor Park with all-action performances in his 12 caps.
Klopp added that there was a Whatsapp group for Liverpool’s on-loan players so they can keep in constant contact. He said that it was a confidence boost for Bradley when he was invited and playing for his country, and that it gives him a better feeling about himself. Klopp said that everybody speaks positively about Bradley, and that it is cool that everybody now knows him. He concluded by saying that Bradley is their boy, and that with a super mentality all the rest will come. Klopp said that they will decide if it makes more sense for Bradley to go on loan after pre-season or not.