Liverpool starlet Harry Wilson has admitted studying the free-kick technique of Lionel Messi to help him achieve perfection.
The Welshman is currently on a season-long loan at Bournemouth and is already considered a free-kick king.
How has Wilson got so good? Five key things to know…
- The 22-year-old scored a tremendous free-kick against Man Utd for Derby last season.
- He has already netted from a similar set-piece for Bournemouth.
- He has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in England since the start of last season (11).
- His stunning 25-yard free-kick against Man City last weekend highlighted his technique.
- Wilson admitted he studied how Lionel Messi took free-kicks in order to improve..
The 22-year-old has enjoyed an impressive start to his loan spell with the Cherries and already has two goals in the opening two games of the current campaign.
It’s his ability from set-pieces that is grabbing the attention of the footballing world and the Liverpool winger admitted it was all down to hard work and copying the best in the business.
“It is something I have always tried to practise,” said Wilson ahead of Bournemouth’s trip to Leicester City this weekend.
“When the game is tight or you are not getting many chances it can give you a free shot.
“As I have got older Messi is the player I have always tried to look up to and his free-kick record in recent years has been absolutely unbelievable.
“I watch him but he is more a curler technique.
“The one against City was a bit further out so I tried to both to get a bit of power and a bit of whip on it.
“I just try and practise from different areas and try and perfect that.”
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While on loan at Derby last season, Wilson hit 18 goals and six assists in 49 appearances.
He has made an equally good impression on the south coast so far this campaign but admitted he has had to make changes to his technique to accommodate the footballs used in the top-flight.
“I have had to change my technique a little bit because the mitre balls compared to the Premier League balls are different.
“I can’t quite get the movement I like to get on them so I have tried to change it up during pre-season and the start of the season.
“To see the one fly in on Sunday makes the practice worthwhile.”
The winger is hoping that he can help the Cherries score more goals this season after they struggled to find the net from range during the 2018-19 campaign.
“It is something I will try and bring to the team.
“We know we have got great finishers in and around the box but if I can bring a few goals from outside, that is just going to bode well.”