By Harry Ewbank – @HreEwbank
A crucial summer lies ahead for Reds midfielder Harry Wilson, with a range of options to leave Anfield in the transfer window seemingly on the table.
Whether this is on loan or a permanent move we will have to wait and see, though the 22-year-old has many suitors – with first team Premier League football being the ambition.
So far, two loan stints in the Championship – at Hull City and Derby county respectively – have proven fruitful and further heightened his credentials to become a top player at the highest level.
Alongside a prolific goalscoring season at Derby, with 18 goals to his name, Wilson has also made his mark on the international scene.
A delightful free kick in Dublin was enough to gain a vital win against Ireland in the Nations League, stepping up to the occasion when talismans Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey weren’t included in proceedings.
It was, however, all the way back in 2013 that Wilson was given his Wales debut – A late substitute appearance against Belgium making the then 16-year-old the country’s youngest ever international!
The question now is whether his immediate or long-term future lies with the champions of Europe…
Which clubs are interested?
Each season the transfer rumour mill does the rounds at Liverpool, although right now it doesn’t seem like any of the Reds’ midfield ranks will be heading out the exit door.
This leaves Wilson low on a long pecking order, with an array of attacking midfield options stretching from Sadio Mané to Xherdan Shaqiri. If the Welshman were to go out on a loan for a third season Derby would look to be great suitors yet again.
Nevertheless, with the departure of manager Frank Lampard looking likely and their failure to gain promotion to the Premier League, the odds are stacked against the Rams getting their star man back for another season at Pride Park.
Instead a selection of topflight teams could be in for a battle. Up to £25million may be enough for Liverpool to accept his exit, but this figure – arguably over-inflated – may mean the interested parties look towards the loan option instead.
Wolves currently lead the pack as favourites to acquire Wilson’s services, a deal that would have benefits for both parties. Despite an array of talent in their midfield, the midlands club are lacking in squad depth and, with a Europa League campaign to come, there will be plenty of minutes available for the youngster to make a mark.
Other rumoured interest comes from the likes of Leicester, Newcastle, and newly-promoted Aston Villa – he has no shortage of potential Premier League options.
What can Wilson bring to the table?
Flair, precision, power, and some delightful free kicks are just some of the assets we have seen Wilson demonstrate when at his best. Even though he hasn’t yet appeared for Jurgen Klopp’s side, many fans have kept a keen eye on him and taken him into their hearts.
Most notably, a picturesque free kick at Old Trafford helped Derby on their way to knocking Manchester United out of the cup, while simultaneously endearing himself for the Anfield faithful by leading the charge as the Rams dumped the Red Devils out of the Carabao Cup.
There is no avoiding the fact he is still way off breaking into Liverpool’s starting contingent, nevertheless, an array of pre-season fixtures could be an indicator as to what Jurgen Klopp has planned for him.
Liverpool are set to tour the USA, whilst facing Napoli, Tranmere and Bradford in the UK.