Conor Bradley injury setback as Reds plot miracle

Liverpool have suffered a Conor Bradley injury setback as the defender is set to be ruled out for up to three weeks with an ankle problem sustained during the Reds' 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

This means he will miss Liverpool's UEFA Europa League (UEL) quarter-final second leg at Atalanta on Thursday night, where Jurgen Klopp's side are 3-0 down from the first leg. Trent Alexander-Arnold only just returned from a knee injury against Palace that kept him out for around two months, and so he is not 100% fit or match sharp to be thrown into the deep end straight away, meaning Bradley's latest setback is a big blow.

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Conor Bradley injury: What are Liverpool's other options?

Given Bradley's injury and Alexander-Arnold's lack of fitness, Liverpool are short at right-back. Joe Gomez is a versatile player who could fill in there, and he has featured there 21 times in all competitions already this season for the Reds, but is a centre-back by trade.

Bradley's rise to stardom has been somewhat of a surprise considering how big Alexander-Arnold's boots are to fill, but the 20-year-old has been very impressive in his absence. He has scored one goal and made three assists in 10 Premier League appearances so far this season, and even netted the winner for Northern Ireland in their 1-0 friendly win over Scotland during the last international break.

If Liverpool are to overcome a three-goal deficit against Atalanta, they will want the strongest squad possible available, and so losing Bradley for that game as well as a number of league matches in their title run-in – including the Merseyside derby at Everton – could prove costly and put a damper on Klopp's farewell.

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