Harry Wilson can replace the Philippe Coutinho ‘factor’ at Anfield – the ability to score from anywhere.

Liverpool certainly scored some brilliant strikes last season. Daniel Sturridge’s last-minute equaliser at Stamford Bridge and Mohamed Salah’s strike against Chelsea standing out.

Adam Lallana, Harry Wilson

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But they have lacked a player who can produce magic like that with any regularity. Most goals come from a well-worked move or a defence-splitting pass or cross.

Having someone who can swing it into the top corner from 25 yards is something a bit special. It doesn’t matter if you’re winning the tactical battle. It doesn’t matter if the opposition defender has your number.

Philippe Coutinho

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It’s just going in, as unstoppable as Wilson’s hit against Lyon on Wednesday. Wilson, who is reportedly worth £25m to Liverpool, flung one into the top corner to wrap up a 3-1 win.

 

Coutinho did it with consistency. Defenders couldn’t afford to let him cut inside as if he lined one up on the edge of the box, there was a decent chance he’d find the net.

Harry Wilson, Harvey Elliott

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Wilson, while not on Coutinho’s level, can do that, too. Be it from a free-kick or open play, he’s able to leave the goalkeeper without a chance.

It’s a skill that would add plenty to Liverpool’s attack – really, one of the few things they’re missing. The temptation is to find an expensive attacker to step in as backup but Wilson adds something new – something that for all the Coutinho sale brought Liverpool, they have lacked since.

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