Liverpool supporters are normally eager to keep an eye on their bitter rivals Manchester United, but they had extra motivation to tune in to their clash with Derby County on Tuesday evening due to the presence of Harry Wilson.
The 21-year-old wide man has threatened to break into the senior squad in recent years but strong competition for places have forced him to move away from the club on loan.
A successful spell with Hull City earlier in 2018 attracted interest from plenty of Championship clubs and it was Derby County who eventually won the race for his signature in the summer window
Wilson hasn’t quite been at his fluid best just yet this season due to an injury problem which ruled him out for 5 Championship fixtures, but he showed the footballing the world a brief glimpse into the extent of his talent with an exquisite free-kick to draw Derby level at Old Trafford.
His impact eventually helped Derby to secure their passage to the next round of the competition following a penalty shootout victory after the game finished 2-2, and talkSPORT journalist Liam Canning paid tribute to the winger on Twitter for his glowing performance by claiming he and Mason Mount ‘ran the match’.
Indeed, Wilson deserved the plaudits that were forthcoming after proving to be a menacing prospect for Diogo Dalot and the rest of United’s back-four.
His mouthwatering strike merely capped off an all-round eye-catching display, but he will need plenty more of those to work his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
At 21-years-old Wilson is already at an age when, if he was truly going to make it at Anfield, he would have broken into the first-team by now.
It must be considered that all players develop at different speeds and it’s too early to write off his Liverpool career, but if Wilson wants to make it at Anfield he simply must become one of the Championship’s standout players this season, otherwise he will inevitably be sold next summer.
If Wilson was not already a coveted talent for plenty of lower Premier League clubs and promotion-chasing Championship clubs to keep a close eye on then he certainly is now, but if his long-term goal is to snub interest from elsewhere and stay at Liverpool then he must consistently produce that level of performance for the remainder of the season.
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