Bernardo says he is happy to be a midfield option for head coach Graham Potter.

The Brazilian revealed Potter has raised the prospect of him playing in a more central role this season.

The full-back made just his third start of the season in the 1-0 defeat to Everton, the second since he recovered from a knee injury which sidelined him for more than two months.

He started at left-back but briefly moved into central midfield.

Bernardo, pictured, said: “In Austria I used to play in that position. In training sessions Graham (Potter) has tried me in there and we even had a conversation a few weeks ago.

“He said to me, ‘I like what you are doing in this position, maybe when I need someone a bit more aggressive to press, what do you think of me using you in the position?’.

“I said to him I’m here to help, if you think that I should play in this position when you need me I’ll do it without a problem and today was the moment.

“It wasn’t for a long time - only for a few minutes.”

Bernardo added: “I would prefer to play in goal rather than be on the bench, but that is how I am.

“After playing for a few years my best position is left-back as that is what I understand.

“I am open to play any position, especially when the trainer give you feedback. You need to respect his feedback because he knows a lot about football.

“If he wants to use me in this position or any other and I am going to help the team then I am up to it.”