This Liverpool youngster is a goal machine and deserves his first-team shot
COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Liverpool Under-23 captain Harry Wilson scored a brace against Southampton at the weekend and, after enjoying a superb season, the goalscoring winger deserves a run in the first team next season.
The Welshman, still just 20-years-old, netted twice in the final 20 minutes to earn the Reds an unlikely 2-2 draw against Southampton in the Premier League 2.
The Liverpool Echo report that he has a massive 27 goals in all competitions this season, including 11 in the Premier League 2, as well as six assists.
His 11 goals make him the PL2’s top scorer – despite the fact he is usually deployed from the right wing.
He is a hugely exciting prospect and his efforts have not gone completely unnoticed, as he was rewarded with a first senior appearance for Liverpool in January’s 1-0 win over Plymouth.
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That appearance was from the bench, however, and he has not featured since.
Wilson will be hoping that he gets more opportunities next year, when Klopp has had a chance to assess his talents in pre-season.
Liverpool’s youth set-up is famed for producing the likes of Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard and Wilson could be its next star.
He has not received the same hype as the likes of Jerome Sinclair, Suso and Dani Pacheco – which may work in his favour.
The youngster also has international pedigree having been a shock inclusion in Chris Coleman’s senior Wales squad earlier this year, after winning his first cap when he was just 16-years-old.
Klopp is planning a huge overhaul of his squad this summer – and it’s needed if they want to challenge for the Premier League title.
However, it would be a massive shame if that meant that homegrown stars like Wilson were overlooked.
He couldn’t have done much more to get noticed this season and fans will be hoping he gets his first-team shot.
In other Liverpool news, Thierry Henry has claimed that this Liverpool star brings something unique to the Premier League.