Liverpool academy product Harry Wilson stole the headlines once again last night after scoring an outrageous free-kick to secure Wales a 1-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland.
Wilson joined up with Frank Lampard at Derby County in the summer transfer window on a season-long loan, and so far his spell has produced two moments of sublime quality.
The first was a stunning long-range free-kick at Old Trafford, and his second arrived last night on international duty as he scored from another dead-ball situation to become a national hero.
Those who are unfamiliar with Wilson could be forgiven for assuming he is another teenage prodigy in line for a career with Liverpool, but at 21-years-old he is running out of time to prove his worth to Jurgen Klopp.
When you consider that Raheem Sterling, aged just 17 at the time, set the benchmark for Liverpool youngsters back in 2012 with an electric display against Manchester City at Anfield, it seems unlikely that Wilson will develop into the calibre of a player which the Reds need to compete with the very best in Europe.
Liverpool also have high hopes for Ben Woodburn’s future, but they may yet need to scout further afield in order to acquire their best wonderkid since Sterling.
With that being said, Klopp would be wise to turn his attention towards Dinamo Zagreb’s Antonio Marin – a player who has been described by The Guardian as a ‘Croatian Neymar in the making’.
Despite being just 17-years-of-age, Marin has established himself as a first-team regular for Zagreb’s 2nd team so far this season and he has managed to notch 3 goals from 4 appearances so far.
His appearances for the 2nd team have been supplemented with 2 appearances for the first-team from the substitutes bench, so it would be no surprise if the Croatian born wonderkid became a regular fixture in the senior squad by the end of the season.
It’s still early days in his career but his ability to play with both feet and his high-energy approach suggest that he could be perfectly suited to a role in Liverpool’s fluid front-three.
Liverpool supporters have not been treated to an exciting attacking wonderkid quite like Sterling since he departed for Man City, but a deal for Marin could provide the club with an exciting inside forward to light up Anfield in the future.
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