Blades Stopper Admits Reds’ ‘Dream’

Blades Stopper Admits Reds’ ‘Dream’

Jack O’Connell claims he is “happy” at Premier League new-boys Sheffield United but he said it would be a “dream” to join Liverpool. The 25-year-old’s stock has risen over the past season after he made 40 appearances for the Blades as Chris Wilder’s men secured automatic promotion to the top-flight along with Norwich and play-off winners Aston Villa.

O’Connell, who moved to Bramall Lane from Brentford in 2016, has pledged his future to the South Yorkshire outfit, but he does harbour ambitions of playing for his boyhood club Liverpool. In the meantime, he is relishing the prospect of facing Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League winners in the upcoming top-flight season.

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O’Connell said: “All my family are Liverpool fans so we couldn’t wait to find out when we played Liverpool and to face them on New Year’s Day will be a special moment for me and my family. “I’m a massive Liverpool fan and went to the Champions League final in Madrid – but couldn’t really enjoy the game because I ended up analysing them as opposition next season.

“I’m guessing staying up is the main priority [for Sheffield United] but seeing Jordan Henderson lift the trophy gave me goosebumps, and I’d love it to be me one day. “Obviously I am happy at Sheffield United. I’ve just signed a new contract and I’ve never thought about leaving, but my dream as a kid was to play for Liverpool and if they ever come knocking, although unlikely, it would be hard to turn them down.”

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