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Robertson: Bradley has all the attributes to become a top player


Andy Robertson has given Conor Bradley a major tick of approval as the young Northern Irishman fits in seamlessly into the Liverpool starting line-up.


A revelation at League One outfit Bolton Wanderers last season, Bradley has shown that he is not overawed in the big step up in quality, playing in front of packed stadiums and filling the role of a World Class talent in Trent-Alexander-Arnold.




Today against Chelsea is the kind of fixture that any Footballer dreams of, a Cup final at Wembley Stadium, let alone an academy graduate that will be making his 17th senior appearance for his club.


The usual discussion after the closure of recent transfer windows revolved around the lack of a back-up for Alexander-Arnold who would keep him on his toes and possibly be the catalyst for a full-time midfield role shift for the 25 year-old.


Jurgen Klopp implemented the inverted role at the tail end of last season for the England international which has had its successes but also put added pressure on  the Reds defence at times.


A misfortune in terms of a lingering knee ligament injury for Alexander-Arnold has allowed Bradley to build confidence and the 20 year old has been one of the most and impressive  players in the last month as Liverpool aim to keep their pole position atop the Premier League table.


One teammate  who has been watching on with a level of pride is Robertson, a player who is never shy in handing out advice to the next generation of talent.


Like everyone who has watched Bradley this season, he is impressed with every facet of his game as the Echo reported.




“For now, Conor has shown he can do it at the highest level. He's got a lot of hype around him but now it's shown he can do it every single week. Before every game he plays and during training, that's what I say to him - it's all good being the new kid on the block and things like that, but with that comes expectation. And he's dealt with that unbelievably well.


“His consistency so far has been top class and he has got to keep going like that. That's what makes you a really, really good player, when you can do it week in, week out in every single game. That's what I'm trying to drill home with him, because the skill he has, the ability to play football, the athleticism is there to be seen. But he has got to prove he can be consistent."


And Robertson believes that Bradley is far from content with his progress to date.


“He is a hard worker, he is a good lad, he listens to all the other lads and takes everything in his stride. He is the perfect young player, always in the gym working hard and working hard on the training ground. I believe he will have an unbelievable career, but from my experience it's about getting the consistency. That's the key message I give him."




As a veteran of the Jurgen Klopp era, Robertson is well placed to assess where this squad is placed and is generally excited about those who are coming through the ranks, and that was highlighted on Wednesday evening against Luton.


“With what's happened over the last couple of weeks, all of a sudden  (someone like) Conor has become one of the more experienced lads in the squad  "That's how quickly it can change.


“Harvey was making his 100th appearance for the club against Luton on Wednesday, and he has become one of the more experienced players because on the bench there wasn't many appearances between the young lads. We have lost a lot of players but we have to go with the excitement of the young lads.


"The lads who came on against Luton looked excited, and it reminded me of when I came on for my debut. You have no fear and are just happy to be there, and you can use that to your advantage, and that's what we are going to have to do."



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