Liverpool coach: This rookie in line to be next Anfield academy product promoted by Klopp
By Will Butcher
Liverpool academy coach Mike Garrity believes winger Harry Wilson could soon force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans.
The 19-year-old has starred in the Reds’ reserve side this season, having a hand in 10 goals in just 11 games. Scoring seven himself, Liverpool’s number 62 has also provided three assists.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Garrity claimed that Wilson could follow in the footsteps of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin Stewart, Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria in starring for the first team.
“At this moment in time, Harry is in a really good place,” Garrity said. “Harry knows the next step for him is to get to Melwood on a regular basis.
“He is going the right way about it and if he keeps scoring goals, getting assists and working hard for the team then it will give him the best possible chance of achieving that.”
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The one-time Wales international could be given a chance under Klopp in the second half of the season, as the German manager’s attacking options remain thin.
With Daniel Sturridge, Marko Grujic and Danny Ings out injured, Senegal international Sadio Mane is currently in Gabon representing his country at the African Cup of Nations.
That could see Wilson handed a chance in Liverpool’s side, as he continues to shine with the captain’s armband in the reserve side under Garrity.
Yet to make a senior appearance for the Merseyside giants, the former Crewe loanee will be buoyed by Garrity’s words as he looks to break into Klopp’s side.
Known for his ability to play on both flanks, Wilson’s versatility could be just the kind of cover Klopp needs as he looks to orchestrate a Premier League title challenge.
In other Liverpool news, Newcastle are interested in a loan move for this Reds youngster.