Liverpool skipper Bradley-Auckland puts career on hold to manage care home

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Liverpool Women captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland has confirmed that she will not be reporting for duty at the club for now as she believes it is far more important to help her family run their care home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Away from the pitch, Bradley-Auckland is the manager of Edenhurst care home in Nottingham, a family-run business.

“Unfortunately with the current situation it’s made me have to make a decision, one that’s been awful and I’ve actually lost sleep about it. The fact is that I can’t return to Liverpool until a risk isn’t posed on the care home,” said Bradley-Auckland.

“A very hard decision but one I feel is definitely right. It was awful, I’m not going to lie and say it was an easy decision. It was one that was quite emotional as well,” Bradley-Auckland. Picture: Liverpool. 

“But unfortunately it’s been taken out of my hands and when it comes down to it, the care home is my priority as well as my family as well,” added defender Bradley-Auckland, who was named Liverpool’s Player of the Year in 2019.

“We’ve got 24 people to look after but now we’ve got 24 very vulnerable people because of the virus, which is spreading very quickly. The people we look after, it would be very dangerous if any of them were to catch it.”

According to the ‘Reds’ skipper, the care home has remained Covid-19 free with all the staff members and residents testing negative.

Over 45,000 people in the United Kingdom have lost their lives due to the coronavirus pandemic, that includes around 20,000 in care homes.

“Covid-19 has made our job role even more important than before. Our most important thing is the health and safety of the residents that we look after,” she concluded.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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