Conor Bradley couldn’t have returned from injury at a better time for Liverpool.
Star man, Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out for a number of weeks due to him tearing his knee ligaments during Liverpool’s FA Cup clash against Arsenal.
Pep Ljinders described the injury as a ‘lateral tear’ and claimed he will need ‘time to recover.’
“Trent hyperextended his knee during the last game,” he said.
“So he has a little tear in the lateral ligament of his knee and he will need time to recover.”
This left Jurgen Klopp with a bit of a dilemma as he has already lost three of his first-team defenders to injury.
Those being, Andy Robertson, Kostas Tsimikas and Joel Matip.
In the case of Robertson and Tsimikas, the pair are set to return to the side at some point in Janury.
Whereas, due to the severity of Matip’s injury, he has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
This has left the Reds a little light in defence and Alexnader-Arnold being out has just added to the chaos.
Bradley sustained an injury to his lower-back during Liverpool’s pre-season tour.
To make things worse, the defender returned to the Anfield club after his first full season within a senior squad.
Throughout last years campaign, the defender was on loan to League One club, Bolton Wanderers.
The right-back played that well that, by the end of the season, has was nominated as the clubs best player.
The Northern Ireland international suffered a stress fracture in his back which ruled him out of the game for around five months.
Upon his return, however, he has been called upon to fill in for Alexander-Arnold whilst he is absent from the squad.
How did Conor Bradley do against Bournemouth
So far, Conor Bradley has played ahead of his years and has made a name for himself, this was even shown during today’s clash against Bournemouth where he made his Premier League debut.
The right-back played 83 minutes of the game and never once looked out of place against one of the Premier League’s most in-form teams.
To put into perspective how well the youngster played, AnythingLFC on X summarised the defenders game.
Defensively, he was one of the most solid players on the pitch with the defender winning two out of the three tackles he attempted as well as recovering the ball four times and blocking one shot.
Additionally, he won an aerial duel and won 6 of the ground duels he attempted.
He also excelled offensively as he managed to create one of Diogo Jota’s goals.
If this performance is anything to go by, Klopp will have an excellent player to use.
What Conor Bradley thought of his performance
Speaking after the game, Conor Bradley spoke about his performance and how he felt it went.
“It was a good team performance. They are in good form. To get a 4-0 win and 3 points, we’re very happy,” he said.
“The header. I dunno what happened. I couldn’t believe I had the chance. The second one was a good save.
“I dunno how easy that is (getting in ahead of Alexander Arnold).
“Trent has been unbelievable, I just have to keep trying to do my best.”
If the youngster carries on performing to this level, it could force Klopp to move Alexander-Arnold into midfield permanently.
Due to the new role Alexander-Arnold has adopted this season, the right-back more or less plays in the centre of the park already.
So, if Bradley can consistently perform to these high standards, there is no reason why he cant make Liverpool’s first team at some point.