Liverpool boss has ‘big hopes’ for Conor Bradley after Bolton loan
Bradley impressed during a loan spell with the Whites this season, making the most of his first taste of men’s football week in, week out.
The 19-year-old made the right wing-back spot his own, helping Ian Evatt’s side finish fifth in League One and win the Papa Johns Trophy at Wembley.
Despite his youth, he was near the top of the Bolton squad in terms of minutes on the pitch – making 53 appearances in all competitions.
It was no surprise to see Bradley win the two main prizes at the club’s recent end of season awards, as well as sharing the Young Player of the Season trophy with England Under-21 international James Trafford.
Klopp named the Northern Irish international alongside the likes of Stefan Bajcetic and Fabio Carvalho when asked about promising youngsters in his latest press conference.
“Conor Bradley is coming back, he was in the building yesterday and I saw him. I think he has grown in his time at (Bolton)! We have big hopes for him to be honest,” he grinned.
When asked about the potential of future loans for such players, Klopp added: “We have no real plans. Pre-season will start and then we will make those kind of decisions.”
The Reds complete their Premier League campaign with a trip to St Mary’s to take on Southampton on Sunday (4.30pm).
Klopp’s side sit four points behind fourth-place Newcastle and can no longer qualify for the Champions League next season.
But Liverpool have shown an upturn in form over the past few weeks, winning seven of their last eight matches in the league.
“We have been here a long time and it was clear this was not a historically good season, the manager explained.
“We made mistakes and we could not deliver often enough, but I think the last 10 games and after the World Cup, the amount of points we collected was pretty good.
“If you go through bad moments, that is the basis for a good future. The dressing room is not in a bad mood and we didn’t get divided in one moment. We didn’t point fingers at each other.”