Harry Wilson has expressed his desire for a future with Liverpool. But what are his chances of making it at Anfield?
Wilson is currently on loan at Derby County where he’s the club’s top goalscorer. In an interview with the Daily Mail, the Welshman was asked about his ambitions – both short and long term.
Wilson on a future with Liverpool
“The main focus this season is to get promoted with Derby,” he said. “But Mason [Mount]’s goal is to play for Chelsea and my goal is to play for Liverpool.
“I have always felt like a Liverpool player. Everything is going along the right path.”
Wilson has been brilliant this season and that will naturally bring up questions on his Liverpool future. The club’s record with out-on-loan youngsters is very poor, however.
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The last youth player to return from a loan to Liverpool’s first-team squad was Jordon Ibe in 2015. He went on to play 41 times the following season but he failed to establish himself.
Honestly, a young loanee hasn’t returned and established themselves fully at Liverpool in modern times. Wilson may be different, however.
Not only has Wilson proven he can score from out wide for Derby – a trait that fits in at Anfield – but he’s doing it from midfield, too.
That versatility is invaluable. Virtually every player at Liverpool can play multiple positions and roles – it’s a trait Jurgen Klopp clearly values.
Klopp’s contact with Wilson
The Liverpool boss is watching Wilson closely, too, according to the player. Wilson says his brilliant goal against Manchester United earlier in the season sparked a congratulatory text from Klopp.
“He dropped me a text to tell me he’d watched it and he was delighted with the performance – and the goal!” said Wilson.
“A couple of weeks ago there was another message saying, ‘Good result, good goal – keep going’. When you get those texts, it is a massive boost. You know you aren’t forgotten.”
If he keeps his form up, for both club and country, Wilson may be able to buck the trend at Anfield. He’s playing well, has the attention of the boss, and has a key trait that Klopp wants.
The odds may be a little stacked against him but a future at Liverpool is a real possibility for Wilson.