‘In my ear’: Klopp claims Lijnders has been pestering him to play ‘incredible’ Liverpool talent
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Pep Lijnders has been pestering him about Conor Bradley for years now.
The Reds were in great form once again on Wednesday night, beating Chelsea 4-1 at Anfield with a dominant display.
Diogo Jota and Conor Bradley put Liverpool 2-0 up before the break and Dominik Szoboszlai headed home number three from a superb Bradley cross.
Christopher Nkunku gave Chelsea a glimmer of hope but Luis Diaz ended it, scoring from close range to seal a 4-1 Liverpool victory.
Liverpool’s title challenge continues and hasn’t been impacted by Jurgen Klopp’s announcement that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Jurgen Klopp comments on Liverpool talent Conor Bradley
The star of the show was right back Bradley as he demolished Chelsea.
Bradley bagged two assists and a goal, once again making the most of his chance to shine in place of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Northern Irishman was simply outstanding up the right flank and received a deserved standing ovation upon being substituted in the second half.
Alexander-Arnold may well come back into the side very soon but Bradley has shown that he can make a big impact when given a chance.
Klopp has now moved to praise Bradley whilst speaking to TNT Sports, branding him ‘incredible’ whilst loving hearing that Liverpool fans were chanting his name.
Klopp also admitted that assistant Pep Lijnders has been pestering him for three years now, telling him that Bradley will be ready to play for the first team.
Bradley is repaying that faith right now and proving Lijnders right having dazzled in his run in the Liverpool starting lineup.
“He is incredible, an incredible boy,” said Klopp. “Wonderful, I don’t hear it people told me that the crowd was already singing his name, it’s just great. I think he’s flying at the moment and rightly so, he’s working hard, he’s a good footballer and helped us so much, it’s incredible.”
“Think back in the summer, I think there were quite a few people saying we need a right back, for different reasons, but we were very positive about Conor in that moment, like we were about Quansah.”
“He has the biggest advocates in the club. Since three years already Pep Lijnders is in my ear. ‘Come on, I’ll put both hands and my feet in the fire, he will be one’. Vitor Matos and Pep are very integral in this department because they really are advocates for the kids, so in the end, my job is the easiest one, I just have to put them on the pitch,” he added.
Bradley now faces a tough challenge in terms of keeping his place with Alexander-Arnold ramping up his return, but he has done all he can and has certainly make a big impact on Klopp with his recent displays.