Harry Wilson may fit the bill as Liverpool reportedly search for a ‘versatile forward’ this summer.
The BBC’s David Ornstein claims that Liverpool are only after ‘one or two’ players this summer. Specifically, they want versatility from both a left-back and a forward.
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) May 14, 2019
And that latter search could result in Wilson joining the first-team squad this summer.
The Welshman has had a great season with Derby County, scoring 15 goals. He also bagged a penalty in the Rams’ biggest game of the season on Wednesday night as they qualified for the Play-Off final.
Importantly, though, Wilson has shown the versatility that Liverpool want. He went into this season as a winger but he’s developed into a centre-midfield player under Frank Lampard.
A goal-scoring centre-midfielder who is also comfortable playing out wide? That sounds perfect for Liverpool – essentially a left-footed version of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Wilson is more comfortable playing the deeper role than Xherdan Shaqiri is, too, so there shouldn’t be too much of a problem there.
The 22-year-old ticks all the boxes and, in theory, shouldn’t need much time, if any to adapt to the team.
As Liverpool embark on their search, the answer may already be with them.