Jurgen Klopp believes Harry Wilson can succeed at Liverpool which is why he sent him on loan to Bournemouth.
The 22-year-old Wrexham-born winger is enjoying a debut Premier League season under Eddie Howe’s tutelage.
How has Wilson fared at Bournemouth? Five key things to know…
- Harry Wilson joined Bournemouth from boyhood club Liverpool this summer.
- He’s scored six goals across 16 appearances in all competitions.
- No one has scored more direct free-kick goals (2) in the Premier League than him this season.
- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is keeping close tabs on Wilson and regularly sends him text messages.
- Klopp believes the Welsh international has got everything to succeed at Anfield.
A graduate of the Reds’ youth set-up, Wilson spent the previous season on loan at Derby County, where he bagged 18 goals across 50 outings in all competitions. But the Welsh international couldn’t help the Championship outfit escape English football’s second tier.
The Rams would be the third non-Liverpool side he’d represent following spells at Crewe Alexandra and Hull City, with the only appearance for his boyhood club being a 25 minute cameo in their FA Cup win over Plymouth Argyle in January 2017.
Since moving to Dean Court he’s been near ever-present for the Cherries, featuring in all but one of their opening 15 league outings, while registering six goals in the process which makes him the club’s leading scorer.
Of those strikes two have come directly from a free-kick, making him the most prolific via this method in the Premier League this season (alongside Riyad Mahrez), his first against Manchester City earned him a congratulatory message from Klopp, who’s in no doubt there’s a future for him at Anfield.
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“Of course he can [succeed at Anfield]. That’s why we loaned him, so he can make the steps,” he told reporters.
“It would have been difficult for Harry and I would have loved to have had him here if we had another choice, especially when Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] was injured.
“You want to have these kinds of players but that is not the moment to decide. All the players we sent on loan have the chance to make it in the first team; otherwise we would have sold them.
“His shooting is world-class. Find me five players who shoot better than him, that is obvious, but the game is about more and that is what he has to improve and that is clear.
“To be involved as an offensive player you have to connect with other players. He has that, it is not like he doesn’t, but to get to the next level, he needs game-time at the highest level and that is why we loaned him to Bournemouth.”
Liverpool beat Wilson’s club for the season, Bournemouth, 3-0 on Saturday afternoon. They next play Watford at home while the Cherries travel to Chelsea.