Liverpool are taking the right approach with the future of Harry Wilson.
The Liverpool Echo reports that Liverpool have three options for the 22-year-old. First, they may choose to sell.
They claim that Bournemouth, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers are all interested in Wilson. Liverpool value him at £25m, however, so any sale will likely involve plenty of negotiation.
Option two is loaning him out – but only to a Premier League club. A Championship loan makes next to no sense at this point. Wilson is unlikely to develop enough there, while 18 goals and a potential promotion mean Liverpool have seen as much as they’re going to see.
But that will depend on what Derby County want to do and where they are. Premier League clubs aren’t big on prominent roles for on-loan players anymore. The player in question has to be quite special already, given that the team gets next to nothing out of developing them.
Given his experience, there are doubts over Wilson’s ability to play a prominent top-flight role. The only team that would be approaching certain is Derby – and they fell short.
The final option is to take a look at Wilson over the summer. Jurgen Klopp is apparently happy to do this – although it comes with risk.
Wait too long and teams will move on to other targets, losing out on any option but to keep him. Still, for a player like Wilson, Klopp would be foolish not to take a closer look.
In all, Liverpool are doing things the right way. It would be easy to see the money or the hype and jump to a decision quickly, for instance.
Instead, this is the sensible approach for handling Wilson. It leaves the fans and everyone else with the faith that whatever happens, it’ll be the best move for Liverpool.