LIVERPOOL are fielding enquiries from clubs interested in taking ex-Wanderers favourite Conor Bradley on loan in January.

The Northern Ireland international has recently returned from a fracture in his back, which has spoiled his chances of staking a claim under Jurgen Klopp this season.

Since returning to full training in November he has played twice in the Europa League, making his first start of the campaign in the 2-1 defeat at Union St Gilloise last Thursday and he was an unused substitute in Sunday’s goalless draw with Manchester United.

Liverpool’s coaching staff were hugely impressed with how Bradley did on loan at Wanderers last season and had him firmly in their Premier League plans before injury put him out of action in the summer.

Several Championship clubs, reported to include Leeds United, Middlesbrough and West Brom, plus Premier League Burnley, are now said to have expressed an interest in taking the 20-year-old for the rest of the season if Liverpool decide to let him out next month.

Wanderers managed to beat off Championship competition to keep him for the second half of last season, and Bradley went on to help them win the Papa Johns Trophy and secure a place in the play-off semi-finals.

Bradley played 61 times last season for club and country – 4,800 minutes on the pitch – and Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill believes the heavy workload he experienced in League One did have a contributing factor in the injury he suffered in pre-season.

“Those are injuries that sometimes occur in young players,” he said. “He is coming off the back of playing a lot of games last season.”

Bradley proved a huge success at Bolton, winning Player of the Year and being voted into the League One Team of the Year.

He played 53 times in all competitions, scoring seven goals and assisting in another six.