Liverpool Possesses Another Potential Steven Gerrard, and It’s Not Trent Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool’s manager, Jurgen Klopp, has received insights about having a player capable of stepping into the “Steven Gerrard role” within his team. Surprisingly, this prospect is not Trent Alexander-Arnold, the well-established right-back hailing from Liverpool.

Alexander-Arnold, originally a No. 6 in Klopp’s academy under Pep Lijnders, transitioned to a right-back to secure a place in the first team. Despite being the vice-captain and a key player, there’s been speculation about him moving into midfield due to his exceptional passing skills. In a similar fashion, Steven Gerrard, a legendary box-to-box midfielder, started his career as a right-back in 1999.

Klopp has now been informed that another player in his squad, Conor Bradley, possesses the qualities to become a dedicated midfielder in the mold of the iconic former captain. Bradley, a Northern Irishman, made a notable Premier League debut with an assist and showcased his abilities in subsequent appearances during Alexander-Arnold’s absence.

A devoted Liverpool fan since childhood, Bradley joined the club in 2019 and has already earned 13 caps for Northern Ireland. His impressive loan stint at Bolton Wanderers in League One last season, playing in a right wing-back role, earned him recognition. However, his former coach, Joe McAree, believes Bradley’s true potential lies in the midfield.

McAree expressed, “Conor’s ability to play the Steven Gerrard midfield role, once given the chance, will reveal an even better player. His box-to-box prowess, exceptional passing, and outstanding engine make him a fantastic prospect for the game.”

This sentiment echoes former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino’s comparison of Bradley’s running style to Steven Gerrard’s, further highlighting the anticipation surrounding Bradley’s future contributions to Liverpool’s midfield.

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