Letting Harry Wilson leave Liverpool now is a strange move. Unless they are replacing him, of course.
Wilson joined Bournemouth on Tuesday, where he’ll spend the 2019/20 season on loan. Objectively, it’s a great move for both the player and Liverpool.
If it were the beginning of the window, there’d be little to complain about, in fact. But it isn’t the beginning – it closes tomorrow.
We felt that Jurgen Klopp should persist with Wilson at this point. There aren’t readily available replacements who can offer a similar squad role for similar money.
You’d have to spend big to sign an adequate replacement and, chances are, they won’t want a squad role. There isn’t a Xherdan Shaqiri-style signing in the wings – not an obvious one, anyway.
Which is why letting Wilson leave on loan now is a strange move. It leaves Liverpool short, honestly.
Rhian Brewster should cover Daniel Sturridge’s exit. Hopefully, he provides a little more than Sturridge did last year but give it’s his first senior season, you wouldn’t expect much more. Sturridge did provide a couple of key moments last year, after all.
But Brewster is the only real addition to the forward line – and he’s covering an exit. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can play there, of course, but his best role is undoubtedly in midfield.
It means that Liverpool head into this season without a real upgrade in attack. They had that with Wilson, a player who’s able to offer something a little different and a clear addition to the squad.
Unless there’s a replacement lined up – and that doesn’t look likely at this stage – it’s a strange move to let him leave.