What Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thinks about Harry Wilson’s long-term future at Anfield
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remains optimistic that Harry Wilson can become a first-team player at Anfield.
The Welsh international has shone during loan spells in the Championship with Hull and Derby.
But doubts remain about whether he can handle the intensity of a Premier League campaign.
His year away at the Vitality Stadium is seen as something of a trial with the Liverpool boss still to decide on his future, reports the Athletic .
Klopp has been prepared to offload young players who he doesn’t believe can cut in on Merseyside.
Jordan Ibe and Dominic Solanke have both been sold to Bournemouth since his arrival.
The Cherries, though, do not have an option to raid Liverpool for a third time after the Reds withheld any chance of them signing Wilson permanently.
So far the 22-year-old has impressed at Eddie Howe’s side and grabbed his third goal of the season at Southampton on Friday night.
His first goal came at Aston Villa and he lived up to his reputation as a dead-ball specialist with an excellent free-kick against Manchester City.
Liverpool’s attacking trio are effectively guaranteed starters, which has frustrated the likes of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Klopp has tried to show the former that opportunities do exist if he continues to find the back of the net, but in the big games there is no doubt who he would deploy in attack.
Wilson’s versatility has seen him play in midfield and that may be his best chance of a start should he force his way into Klopp‘s plans.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is the biggest success story of an academy product becoming a regular in the starting XI.
He and fellow full-back Andy Robertson are now key to Liverpool’s game plan and regularly provide a threat from out wide.