Jurgen Klopp believes an unpopular opinion of his on transfers has been proven correct by two Liverpool players this season. The boss hasn't always gone with the common thought.
Jurgen Klopp feels he's been proven correct with his controversial stance on recruitment. The Liverpool boss has never been the type to jump straight to a new signing, instead preferring to use his squad in more creative ways.
Unless a truly elite player is available, of course.
But it's been a true point of contention for fans, especially as Klopp will almost always prefer to trust a youngster than buy someone to fill a squad role. That's perhaps best seen at right-back - Liverpool haven't signed a senior right-back since Nathaniel Clyne, pre-Klopp.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has been the constant there but the Reds have never moved to sign a backup other than Calvin Ramsay - a teenager. Joe Gomez has been preferred as cover, even though he's more naturally a centre-back.
Klopp believes people are finally seeing the thinking behind that, however, as Conor Bradley impresses while Alexander-Arnold is out.
"We were desperately waiting for him to get back," Klopp said on Bradley, per the Liverpool Echo. "It’s always the same thing, ‘You have to buy a right back so Trent can play in midfield, you have to buy a centre-half’.
"But we have Conor, we have Jarell. It’s not a popular opinion but if we had bought a right back or centre-half, these boys would not have shown. I told him I was waiting longer for the moment Conor could finally play than probably Conor was waiting for it, because I was just happy to give him that opportunity."
Bradley has long been on the cusp of the first-team and his performances for Bolton Wanderers last season were sensational. It was inevitable that he'd get his opportunity this year - and here is comes.
The Northern Ireland international is yet to make his Premier League debut but that will likely come against Bournemouth tomorrow. With it, Klopp will feel absolute justification in his decision to wait for the youngster, rather than signing a senior player to put in his way.
And it'll look like a sensational decision should Bradley fulfill his potential. He's well on his way to.