Academy graduate Harry Wilson would be the unwitting victim of Liverpool spending £70.9m to sign Nicolas Pepe.

As each day passes, it seems more and more likely that the first transfer that Liverpool announce this summer will be a marquee signing with Pepe of Ligue 1 side Lille a potential candidate.

While there is no questioning the Ivorian’s talents and the impact he could make at Anfield, it feels a bit harsh on Harry Wilson when you consider the likely outcome for the Welshman if a £70.9m goes through.

Harry Wilson.

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Wilson, much like Pepe, is a right-winger but will likely be viewed as surplus to requirements if Jurgen Klopp buys the Lille attacker this summer.

 

It might be the right move for Liverpool but it’s still quite harsh on the Wales international given everything he did at Derby County last season.

He scored 21 goals and provided 4 assists during his time with the Rams and yet is still unlikely to become much more than a sporadic bench player at Anfield.

Harry Wilson.

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It speaks volumes of the progress Liverpool have made since 2015 that a young Kirkby graduate with 25 goal involvements at first-team level might not make the cut.

There is no confirmation that Pepe is indeed a certainty to join the club but you feel that if he does join the Reds, it would make it extremely tough for Wilson to find a pathway into Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.

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