Liverpool make decision on Conor Bradley future amid transfer interest

Liverpool are prepared to loan out Conor Bradley this January in order to provide the youngster with regular first-team football.

The right-back enjoyed an incredibly fruitful loan spell with League One Bolton Wanderers last season, producing seven goals and six assists in 53 outings for the Trotters.

Upon his return to Liverpool over the summer, Bradley showed glimpses of his quality in pre-season, but was subsequently sidelined for several months with a stress fracture in his back.

As a result, the 13-cap Northern Ireland international has been limited to just two appearances in the Europa League this term, one of those coming in Thursday's 2-1 defeat to Union Saint-Gilloise.

With Bradley having recently signed a new long-term deal with the club, the Reds are ready to send the 20-year-old out on loan to help further his development, according to TEAMtalk.

Reportedly, there are already a dozen clubs interested in signing Bradley on a temporary deal until the end of the season, including Championship sides West Bromwich Albion, Middlesbrough and promotion candidates Leeds United.

The Whites are currently coached by the impressive Daniel Farke, a manager who would be an ideal candidate to nurture Bradley's talents.

However, there is also the opportunity for a Premier League switch for Bradley, with Vincent Kompany's Burnley also eyeing the full-back.

The Clarets do have a number of options on the right-hand side of their defence, including the likes of Connor Roberts, therefore only proving a worthwhile loan if there are assurances over Bradley's game time.

With the Europa League group stage now over, Liverpool in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup and a trip to Arsenal in the FA Cup third round, it may be tough for Bradley to get regular minutes in the starting lineup under Klopp.

With Trent Alexander-Arnold in wonderful form and Joe Gomez having impressed at right-back this season, the pathway into the first team isn't clear.

Bradley stated after the game against USG: "[The plan now is] just to play as much football as possible. I just want to play as many games as I can. I want to keep playing football and see where it takes me."

A loan deal for the exciting academy product seems like a sensible move, but we'll have to wait and see whether it materialises.

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