Liverpool are ready to send young defender Conor Bradley on loan in the January window, according to a report from TeamTalk.
The 20-year-old right-back was included in the starting line-up against Union Saint-Gilloise, and he didn’t enjoy a good time out there in Belgium as Liverpool lost 2-1 in the Europa League on Thursday night (16 December).
After the game, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp described the youngster as “outstanding” and a “top player”, and added that he won’t judge a player based on one performance.
Klopp believes that Bradley can be a real solution for the club in the future, but it seems at the moment, he is down the pecking order behind Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez.
A host of Championship clubs including Leeds, Middlesbrough and West Brom are showing keen interest in signing him while Burnley are also in the mix.
He enjoyed a brilliant loan campaign with Bolton last season, and it looks like Liverpool could send him away on loan again.
Having booked their place in the knock-out stages of the Europa League, the Reds do not have to focus on Europe until March.
It means, young Bradley could struggle for regular game time, and that’s why a loan move will not do any harm to his development.
Leeds are aiming to return to the Premier League next season, and he can be a good option for them. Burnley could be a good option as well. An exposure in the Premier League will really help, and he will get to learn a lot from Vincent Kompany.
At times, Liverpool have looked short of options at right-back, mainly because of the injury to Joel Matip. Alexander-Arnold is becoming more influential while playing in midfield, and Gomez occupying the right-back slot helps him a lot.
Ideally, Liverpool should send Bradley to a club where he will be guaranteed regular game time. A move away from Anfield on loan in January makes a lot of sense.
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