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Forget Brandt: 21-year-old is perfect prospect to slot into Liverpool’s front-line next season

The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their side will add another attacking wide player to their ranks this summer to supplement the likes of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, and recent reports suggest they want to do exactly that.

The Breakdown

According to a recent report from Calcio Insider, Liverpool are interested in signing Julian Brandt from Bayer Leverkusen this summer following a thoroughly impressive 2017/18 campaign in Germany. During his 4th full season as a senior player, Brandt managed to score 12 goals and provide 7 assists from 39 appearances in all-competitions.

The 22-year-old’s brilliant form earned him a controversial World Cup call-up ahead of the award-winning Leroy Sane, although that decision appears rather foolish for the Germans in hindsight. Either way Liverpool’s interest is certainly well-placed and there’s no doubt that he would be a fantastic acquisition, however, there is reason to suggest the Reds have an academy product who deserves a chance to prove himself in the first-team before they spend huge sums of money on Brandt.

The 21-year-old winger Harry Wilson has barely had a look-in at Liverpool despite showing immense promise throughout his development, but he demonstrated the extent of his potential with a glowing loan spell at Hull City last season.

Wilson notched an eye-catching 7 goals and provided 4 assists from just 13 appearances in the Championship and he impressed throughout his spell with his desire to take risks in the final-third with his direct style of dribbling.

Although he was playing at a level below the Premier League, a record in which he nearly contributed a goal a game is certainly not one to be sniffed so it’s about time Jurgen Klopp boosted him to the first-team.

With the versatility to play on both wings and in a number ten role, Klopp would have the opportunity to experiment with different combinations and test the unproven talent in multiple positions.

Naturally, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah will begin the season as Klopp’s first-choice wide players, but with injuries, suspensions and the African Cup of Nations to consider, there is no doubt that Wilson would have plenty of opportunity to showcase his talent next season.

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