Sheffield United star reveals lifelong dream to play for Prem rivals Liverpool

Dan Butterfield

Jack O’Connell of Sheffield United has admitted he would find it hard to turn down a move to Champions League winner Liverpool if they came calling.  

O’Connell helped the Blades gain automatic promotion to the Premier League last season, making 40 appearances and scoring 3 goals along the way.

There has been no interest so far from the Reds but the Liverpool born defender has revealed that if his boyhood club did come in for him in the future he would find it very difficult to turn them down.

The 25-year-old, who has been with the Blades since 2016, told Sky Sports as he counts down to the days to the 2019-20 campaign: “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.”

O’Connell will hope to make his Premier League debut as the Blades travel to Bournemouth on the first day of the season.