Quite a few Liverpool fans wanted to see Harry Wilson as a part of Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad this season but the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri put a stop to those hopes.
It was always going to be difficult for the 21-year-old to break through Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to grab a slot on the wing but he could have made a decent squad option.
£13m was spent to sign Shaqiri from Stoke City, however, with Klopp seemingly wanting a more experienced winger to play back up to his front line.
With several Championship sides wanting to take Wilson on after his spell with Hull City last season, Derby County and new boss Frank Lampard were eventually seen as the right destination.
And Wilson has shone there, scoring goals and, perhaps most importantly, demonstrating that he can offer Liverpool something in a variety of positions.
The Welshman has played all over midfield under Lampard – centre midfield, left wing, right wing, and as a #10 – scoring from every position.
That’s a skill that will stand him in very good stead at Anfield; suddenly Wilson has gone from a decent squad option on the wing to being able to play a role in several places.
But the truly exciting thing for Liverpool and their fans is undoubtedly the quality of the goals Wilson is scoring.He’s been banging them in from all angles this year, producing some truly remarkable strikes for club and country.It’s not often that loans work out for Liverpool – it’s difficult to think of the last player who went away and returned to make it at Anfield – but Wilson’s time at Derby certainly is.
He’ll end up being far more than just a decent squad option if he keeps showing this kind of ability.