Exclusive: Whelan tips Liverpool loanee for big 20/21 role, says he's the next Trent
Noel Whelan insisted Harry Wilson will be “in the mind” of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ahead of next season.
The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the experience of playing for Bournemouth this year will be “invaluable” for the 22-year-old.
The attacking midfielder was ineligible to play against his parent club on Saturday as Jurgen Klopp’s side came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Anfield.
When asked if he expected the loanee to be a part of the first-team picture when he returns to Merseyside next season, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yes. They are not shy of giving young players a chance and we have seen that with Alexander-Arnold.
“You look at Chelsea and why not? If they are good enough, get them into the side. Jurgen Klopp has always wanted the kids to come through.
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“He has a little bit more experience from this season and going into next year that will be invaluable. Wilson will be in the mind of Jurgen Klopp.
“He has experience in the Championship and now the Premier League and that will put him in great stead for next season. Then it is down to him to force his way in and put pressure on the other midfield players at Liverpool and whoever else they sign.”
The academy graduate has also enjoyed loan spells at Derby County, Hull City and, Crewe Alexandra.
The weekend’s victory, courtesy of goals from Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah, saw the Reds extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 25 points.
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