Liverpool captain missing training for care home job
Sophie Bradley-Auckland, the Liverpool Women’s captain, has revealed she “lost sleep” over her decision to prioritise her job as a care home manager instead of returning to team training in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Liverpool resumed full training last week for the first time since being relegated from the Women’s Super League, but Bradley-Auckland has been absent to ensure the safety of 24 residents at Edenhurst care home in Nottingham.
The family-run business, which Bradley-Auckland co-manages with her father, has remained Covid-free during the pandemic and the 30-year-old has decided not to jeopardise that by returning to a club environment yet. “Unfortunately, with the current situation, it’s made me have to make a decision, one that’s been awful, I’ve actually lost sleep about it,” Bradley-Auckland told the club’s website. “I can’t return to Liverpool until a risk isn’t posed on the care home.
“My happiness – and that’s what I call football, it’s my happiness, it’s something that I love to do – isn’t worth somebody’s life. It’s actually risking somebody’s life and I have a duty of care.”
She told Liverpool manager Vicky Jepson her decision directly after the club’s relegation from the WSL was confirmed in June, which she admitted was “terrible timing”.
Bradley-Auckland, who began co-managing the home after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, added: “I still will be back at Liverpool but unfortunately, at the moment, it’s not possible for me to come.
“It’s been really tough, but I know I’ve got the backing of my family. It was awful, I’m not going to lie and say it was an easy decision.”