Jurgen Klopp has made it clear what Harry Wilson must improve for a career at Liverpool. The winger has impressed with Bournemouth this season.
Liverpool travel to Bournemouth on Saturday but Wilson, thanks to Premier League loan rules, won’t play. That didn’t stop the 22-year-old coming up in Klopp’s pre-match press conference, however.
And after describing Wilson’s shooting as ‘incredible’ and ‘world-class’, Klopp went on to explain what Wilson needs to improve.
“Harry is at Bournemouth to improve all the rest of his game as well, so being involved, being decisive, being between the lines, using his speed and all that stuff and he makes big steps there. That’s really important,” he said, per the Echo.
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So, other than his shooting, Klopp essentially wants Wilson to improve everything. At least, everything that the Liverpool boss values in his forward players.
If you were to label the qualities that Klopp wants in his forward – primarily wide players – you may even come up with this exact list.
It’s an awful lot for a 22-year-old to aim to do and the fact that the club feels he needs to improve it all isn’t the best sign. Still, they value him at £25m, so they clearly see the potential.
Bournemouth is an interesting club to learn this stuff. They do keep the ball, which makes things like playing between the lines and being involved a lot easier to work on. But being decisive is a tough one in a team that isn’t thriving.
But then you could argue that makes his six Premier League goals all the more impressive. It’s a shame that four of those goals came in defeats but Wilson is certainly proving that he can take his moment when it comes.
Above all, that might be what Klopp values the most. It could be the trait that eases Wilson into the Liverpool squad – if he keeps it up for the rest of the season, that is.