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Tyrone GAA Club Proud After Seeing Conor Bradley Make Liverpool Debut

Tyrone GAA Club Proud After Seeing Conor Bradley Make Liverpool Debut

Tyrone teenager Conor Bradley became the first player from Northern Ireland to make a competitive appearance for Liverpool since Sammy Smith in 1954 when he started his side's 3-0 League Cup win against Norwich on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old - who hails from the village of Castlederg in Tyrone - joined Liverpool two years ago. He is already a full Northern Ireland international, having made his debut against Malta in May.

Following Tuesday's game, the Aghyaran St. Davog's GAA club - for whom Bradley played - expressed the pride of a community.

"Everyone at Aghyaran St. Davog’s are filled with immense pride tonight in watching Conor Bradley make his full professional debut with Liverpool FC," the club said in a Facebook post.

"Conor played with the same determination and quality that he showcased so consistently in our club colours."

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Bradley played the full game at right-back. During the first half, with Liverpool ahead by a goal, he gave away a penalty after fouling Norwich's Dimitris Giannoulis but Caoimhín Kelleher saved Christos Tzolis's penalty.

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Liverpool boss praises Tyrone teenager Conor Bradley

"The kids did exceptionally well," Liveprool manager Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports after the game.

"All three [Conor Bradley, Kaide Gordon and Tyler Morton] really strong. A big surprise they could go 94 minutes.

"You saw Conor Bradley tonight, I’m not sure... I heard the first Northern Irish player to play since 1954 — sounds anyway too long — but great great thing and he played a super game."

Klopp also praised Bradley's sense of adventure.

"The only thing I want to see of them is that they are really brave," he said about the young players who lined out for Liverpool at Carrow Road.

"All the rest is a waste of time... You have to be brave.

"Make a mistake, especially for Conor when it’s in the other box, dribble - he’s a cheeky boy, so go in there, don’t only play safe passes or whatever - and he did really well.

"It was an incredibly intense game for him, defending-wise. I was really surprised that he could stay on."

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