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Forget Woodburn: 21-year-old speedster is the perfect back-up for Salah and Mane

The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are hugely impressed by the array of young talent their club’s academy have produced in recent years.

The likes of Raheem Sterling, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have all emerged from the Red academy system in the past half-decade and deservedly earned England call-ups along the way, and it appears that there are plenty more talented players who are threatening to break onto the Premier League scene.

Gomez and Alexander-Arnold are two of the most recent success stories to come out of Liverpool, but with Rhian Brewster, Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn all knocking on the door for an opportunity in the senior squad, it seems the club’s academy will continue to enhance its reputation as one of the best in world football.

Woodburn was actually tipped to break into the first-team last season by fans and pundits alike, but he only managed 50 minutes of action despite training with the senior squad for the entirety of the season.

Perhaps it was a step too far for a player who is just 18-years-of-age, but the step up to Premier League football should not be too big for Harry Wilson to take next season.

Like Woodburn, the 21-year-old is a full Welsh international with plenty of flair and trickery to bring to the table, but his experience on loan at Hull City last season is perhaps the most telling sign of how rapidly he has developed in the past twelve months.

After he finished a short term loan spell with Crewe at the beginning of 2016, Wilson returned to Liverpool and remained on Merseyside until he agreed another loan spell in January this year, this time with Hull City.

Wilson was absolutely sensational in the short time he spent with the Tigers as he notched an impressive 7 goals and provided 4 assists from just 13 appearances. Whilst operating on both wings, Wilson proved he possesses the versatility to operate on either side of the pitch, so he is well-placed to offer back-up for both Sadio Mane and Mo Salah next season.

It’s time for Liverpool to make a big decision on Wilson’s future, as he will be eager to kick-start his career with a club who are willing to trust in his ability and, after excelling in the Championship, Jurgen Klopp should give him a genuine opportunity to shine in the first-team next season.

Liverpool fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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