Liverpool have another right-back up for a Player of the Season award after Conor Bradley was nominated following a campaign that saw him assist eight goals.
He is joined in the running by Norwich pair Tom Dickson-Peters and Abu Kamara, Tottenham‘s Dilan Markanday, Fulham‘s Sonny Hilton, Man City‘s James McAtee, Southampton‘s Kazeem Olaigbe and Crystal Palace‘s Jesurun Rak-Sakyi.
Bradley’s nomination comes due to the recognition of rival managers across the U23s league, with the winner to be announced next week.
The 18-year-old would certainly be a deserved winner, having scored three goals and assisted eight in 21 appearances in Premier League 2 this season, forming an impressive tandem with left-back Owen Beck.
He has trained with the Liverpool first team on a regular basis, too, and has played five times this season including starts against Norwich, Leicester and Shrewsbury and a Champions League debut off the bench against AC Milan.
A regular with the Northern Ireland senior national team, there are high hopes for Bradley for both club and country.
Though he could face a challenge for a long-term spot behind Alexander-Arnold with Liverpool interested in Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay, it has been claimed that Klopp anticipates a position change for his No. 84 in the future.
“Jurgen thinks – and I agree – that Conor could play in a midfield role as he gets older,” Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough said in October.
“He has the skill set to be a conventional full-back or a wing-back, but he can also play in midfield. A little bit higher up.
“He’s got a great understanding of football and different areas, so that’s a great string to his bow.”
Bradley signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool last summer, and it is possible he is handed improved terms in the coming months along with a likely place in the pre-season squad.