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KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - Wednesday, July 19, 2023: Liverpool's Conor Bradley during a pre-season friendly match between Karlsruher SC and Liverpool FC at the Wildparkstadion. Liverpool won 4-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Conor Bradley hints at understudy role in “different position” for Liverpool

Liverpool’s change to a new system makes the role as Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s deputy all the more important, and Conor Bradley looks ready to do his best when he gets the chance.

Jurgen Klopp‘s decision to shift to a 3-4-3 formation, when in possession, heightens the importance of Alexander-Arnold to the team as he assumes an inverted position.

While this poses defensive questions and an avenue for the opposition to exploit, it also enables one of Liverpool’s best users of the ball to ask the same of the other team.

A big concern will be what Liverpool do when the vice-captain needs a rest or picks up an injury, which we hope will not be a frequent consideration.

Bradley was deployed in the role in his two pre-season outings before he picked up a minor injury, and as he looked ahead to the new season, he hinted at his role as the No. 66’s understudy.

“I think I did well [in pre-season],” Bradley told the club website.

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - Wednesday, July 19, 2023: Liverpool's Conor Bradley during a pre-season friendly match between Karlsruher SC and Liverpool FC at the Wildparkstadion. Liverpool won 4-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Obviously, it was different for me playing in a different position and inverted, so I really enjoyed it and it was good. I think I did well.

“I just want to play as many games as I can. And any time I do get the chance to play, I just want to try to do the best I can and hopefully that goes well for me.”

It is not a huge revelation but it represents a significant opportunity for 20-year-old Bradley in what is the early stages of his burgeoning career.

He will no doubt continue to watch Alexander-Arnold closely in training and in matches as he aims to help make it as seamless as possible for when his opportunities do arise.

SINGAPORE - Saturday, July 29, 2023: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold (L) and manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session ahead of the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at the Singapore National Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The cup competitions will be his avenue into the side but his loan spell with Bolton last season and his brief cameos during pre-season showed what he is capable of.

“Obviously, I’m massively different, I feel like I’ve come on leaps and bounds since my loan, so it really helped me,” Bradley reflected on his time with Bolton.

“It was a good year and I really enjoyed it. I’m really looking forward to this year and seeing what I can do.”