Harry Wilson’s long-term future with Liverpool remains ambiguous following on from his loan move with AFC Bournemouth last season.
The 23-year-old was flourishing in the early stages of the 2019/20 campaign as Wilson clocked up an impressive six goals in his first 13 PL matches for the Cherries.
However, he was only able to contribute one solitary goal in his previous 24 matches and Wilson’s uninspiring form ultimately played a factor in Bournemouth’s relegation to the Championship.
Wilson’s tricky skill and pinpoint accuracy from set-pieces seemed like a useful asset for Liverpool to utilise in the upcoming season and there was a growing belief that the Welshman could have a point to prove for the 2020/21 campaign.
The end of the road
While Wilson isn’t to blame for the Bournemouth’s inevitable fate it still proved to be a disappointing 12 months for the Liverpool loanee and it does not bode well regarding his imminent future with the Premier League champions.
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Also, Liverpool’s reported [Mirror] interest in Watford forward Ismaila Sarr only complicates matters even further for Wilson.
The Mail recently reported that Liverpool – alongside Crystal Palace and Wolves – had already begun discussions regarding a potential move for the talented winger.
Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that due to the current economic climate following the ongoing global pandemic that funds are limited this summer which could prompt the German manager to push a number of outgoings to raise money for potential deals.
According to the report, Klopp has identified the Senegalese winger as a more affordable recruit to help bolster his attacking firepower next season.
Sarr scored twice and registered an assist during the Hornet’s 3-0 victory over Liverpool in February and the club’s relegation to the Championship could see the Reds strike a deal at a cut-price.
Another defining factor could be the increasingly likely possibility that Xherdan Shaqiri could also be heading towards the Anfield exit.
The Switzerland international started just two league matches all season and according to The Express, is a player that Klopp and Liverpool could be tempted to listen to offers for.
The perfect forward option
Liverpool cannot afford to lose two forward options ahead of their title defence next season without a viable replacement lined up.
Wilson’s is currently valued by Liverpool at £20 million [The Mirror] which would more than cover a potential deal for Sarr.
The 22-year-old signed for Watford from French outfit Rennes for £30 million [BBC] last season and Liverpool could look to snag Sarr from Vicarage Road for a similar fee.
Similarly to Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Sarr is a Senegalese talent that was spotted by scout Mady Toure, who also discovered the Reds’ No.10.
He revealed to The Guardian that Sarr reminds him of a certain player that has gone on to win five Ballon d’Or awards and the same number of Champions League successes.
Toure said: “What I can say is that Ismaïla is a little like Cristiano Ronaldo. And Ronaldo is his idol. They have quite a similar way of playing. I said Sadio would blow up in England and I can tell you that Ismaïla will do the same.
“He will even win a Ballon d’Or too. He is fast, powerful and now that he has his bearings … and it’s only his first season, you will see how he gets better and progresses. I think he is well set to become one of the best players in England and the world.”
Talk about a recommendation. That is some serious praise and is the sort of potential Liverpool have looked to harness in the past.
Sadly for Wilson, growing reports linking Sarr to Liverpool only suggest that the Welshman will likely be sold.
The club could see more value and benefit in offering first-team opportunities to the likes of Harvey Elliott who has demonstrated that there could be another up-and-coming youngster to be reckoned with next season.
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