Former England international Danny Mills believes that Harry Wilson will find it “incredibly difficult” to get into Liverpool’s starting line-up with regularity when he returns to the club.
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The 22-year-old winger, who is on loan at Bournemouth for the season, has only played one competitive first-team match for the Reds but has impressed in recent months with six Premier League goals already in 2019/20.
Despite finding the net regularly for the Cherries this term, Mills thinks that the Wales international will have a tough job on his hands trying to nail down a place in Liverpool’s line-up given the competition for places in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Speaking about Wilson to Football Insider, Mills said: “It’s so, so difficult for these players, these young players who are doing very well away.
“Can he get into that team, where does he fit into that? You’ve got Oxlade-Chamberlain in there, Adam Lallana, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita coming back – it’s such a difficult team to get into.
“He’s doing incredibly well, clearly he’s got fabulous quality, especially from set-pieces as we’ve seen on occasion. All he can do is keep playing well and let’s see what happens at the end of the season, but to break into that Liverpool side is going to be incredibly difficult.”
Mills’ concerns about Wilson’s ability to break into the first team at Anfield next year are understandable given his lack of game-time for the Reds so far and the competition he’s likely to face once he returns from his loan spell at Bournemouth.
The Welsh winger was given his senior debut for Liverpool by Klopp in an FA Cup game against Plymouth but that was nearly three years ago and it remains his only competitive appearance for the club.
The Egyptian has scored seven goals and set up another nine for the Reds this season going into tonight’s derby against Everton, while Klopp has continued to play him from the start of games despite injuring his ankle during last month’s international break.
Having started 34 and 37 Premier League games in his first two seasons at Anfield, and 12 out of 14 so far this term (as per WhoScored), Salah’s place in Liverpool’s line-up is usually a given, which is unsurprising given his goal return of 80 in 123 games for the club.
Wilson could also be keeping an eye on developments regarding another right winger in Jadon Sancho, the £90m-rated Borussia Dortmund star (as per TransferMarkt) who according to Norwegian pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft is likely to sign for the Merseyside club next season.
Although he is mainly an attacking player, Wilson played on the left-hand side of midfield for Bournemouth in last night’s defeat to Crystal Palace, but even at that he would have plenty of competition for a midfield berth at Liverpool.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Lallana can all play on the left-hand side of midfield for the Reds, with Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita also among Klopp’s options when selecting his usual three-man midfield.
As Mills has suggested, Wilson’s fine efforts for Bournemouth this season could still be in vain when he goes back to Liverpool to try and win his place in Klopp’s side, with the manager already having an abundance of options at his disposal.
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