Harry Wilson could well be a part of Liverpool’s squad next season. Here are three ways the 23-year-old could fit into Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
The Liverpool Echo recently claimed that Wilson could stick around for the next campaign. It looked absolutely certain that the Welshman would leave but the Reds will hang onto him if no one fronts £20m, apparently.
But how would Harry Wilson fit into Liverpool’s title-winning squad? We have a look at three different ways.
It’s the most obvious way to use Wilson. Right-wing is his natural position, allowing him to cut in on his left and attack the box. Liverpool have Mohamed Salah starting in that role, of course, but it’s a little up in the air behind that.
The only similar players are both questionable, after all. There’s Xherdan Shaqiri but he spent most of the last campaign injured. Will he even still be at the club next year? We have doubts.
The other is Harvey Elliot but he’s only 17. There’s no need to rush him into a backup role yet – maybe by the end of the season.
And so Wilson has a clear opportunity there as Salah’s backup.
Middle of midfield
The best football of Wilson’s career came at Derby County under Frank Lampard. Notably, the now-Chelsea boss used Wilson not just as a winger but also as a centre-midfielder.
The Welshman had a little more freedom to roam the pitch and play a more rounded role. He did that well, too – Wilson scored 16 goals that season, assisted four, and averaged comfortably over a tackle per game.
Now, Liverpool already have plenty of numbers in the middle. But as another option there who can also cover the flank? It seems practical for everyone.
Pure impact player
It’s hard to tell if this is an exciting way to use a player or not. It’s effectively the Shaqiri/Divock Origi role, in truth, but Wilson might offer more there.
For one, he’s more versatile than Origi and offers a fantastic set-piece threat. And while that profile fits Shaqiri, too, Wilson is more reliably fit than the Swiss, as well as younger. At 23, he should keep getting better.
It’s the role we imagine for Wilson. No real defined position but someone who plays the last 10-20 minutes when Liverpool need something. A few cup starts, the odd Premier League start.
And in truth, if he can bang in a couple of free-kicks every now and then, it’s a role worth having at the club.