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Liverpool have the back-up winger they need in Harry Wilson

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Liverpool have the back-up winger they need in Harry Wilson

For some time, those in and around the Liverpool academy have been excited about the talents of a winger with the name of Harry Wilson. Rising through the ranks to captain the under 23’s team, Wilson saw many skip ahead of him to earn first team debuts.

That was not because he didn’t produce the goods, as 10 goals and three assists in 12 under 23 games this season reflect, and in January, Jurgen Klopp opted to send him out on loan to gain experience.

Playing in the Championship with a struggling Hull side, Wilson was fundamental to their revival and has replicated his impressive Premier League 2 form at first team level in the second tier.

To date, he has scored seven and created four goals in 11 Championship games and shown just why Ryan Giggs selected him to start in both of his first two games as Wales boss.

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Out wide has been an area where Liverpool have been lacking depth this season, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in outstanding form in a central role and Adam Lallana having an injury hit campaign. That has meant that Klopp has not been able to rotate his front three as much as he may have liked, with fellow youngster Ben Woodburn the most frequent alternative.

 

Wilson’s form out on loan shows that he is more than capable of producing the goods and offering just what Woodburn offers, if not more.

It may still be too soon for Wilson to be aiming for a frequent spot in the side, but as an alternative to play against the weaker Premier League sides and in cup competitions, Wilson has shown that he has what it takes to blow away sides at the top of the Championship who are not so far behind some of their Premier League counterparts.

Gaining experience alongside key men like Salah and Mane would only improve him further, whilst also saving Klopp a fortune in the transfer market, and represent that he could be the idea solution for the Reds next season.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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