Jurgen Klopp on Harry Wilson Future: 'We Are in Constant Conversations'

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2019

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Harry Wilson of Liverpool during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 11, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unsure whether Harry Wilson will be at the club beyond the current transfer window. 

Wilson spent the previous season on loan at Derby County and impressed as they made it to the Championship play-off final. On Wednesday, he showed what he could do in a Liverpool shirt, hammering in a superb goal in a 3-1 win for the Reds over Lyon.

After the game, Klopp was asked whether Wilson would be part of the squad for the upcoming campaign, and the coach said he was still undecided as to where the 22-year-old would be playing his football, per Liverpool's website:

"We are in constant conversations, that's clear. We have to do the right thing for us and for the boy. There is nothing to talk about in public about it, so we will see what happens in the next eight or nine days until the window closes. 

"He is obviously a really good player, and I was really happy with him in the whole pre-season; he came back from Derby in a completely different [shape]. That's a good example of how a loan can really work out—it was for Derby really good and for Harry as well. For us as well, which is good. I am happy for him that he could show that tonight again."

According to Sky Sports, Newcastle United and Aston Villa are both interested in the Wales international, whether that be on loan or on a permanent deal.

As football journalist Leanne Prescott noted after the Lyon game, netting from distance has almost become routine for Wilson:

Leanne Prescott @_lfcleanne

Convinced Harry Wilson just refuses to score easy goals. 25-yard screamers are his bread and butter.

Neil Jones of Goal also praised Wilson's ability to influence a game:

Neil Jones @neiljonesgoal

What a strike from Harry Wilson. Absolute screamer. That's what he's got that others in a similar position don't have. Game-changing quality.

Wilson showcased his ability on a regular basis for Derby last term. Under the guidance of former manager Frank Lampard, he made strides as a footballer and was a productive force in the final third, chipping in with 16 goals and four assists in the second tier.

When he did venture forward, the Welshman was consistently dangerous. Wilson is not only able to shoot from distance but can deliver pinpoint crosses and excellent set pieces too.

However, the Premier League will represent a big step up for Wilson, and Liverpool writer Jack Lusby thinks there are other young players better suited to the way the Reds play:

Jack Lusby @jacklusby_

Feel Jones' versatility, height, pace, skill, end product, age and potential make him a better fit than Harry Wilson, for example, but seems Harvey Elliott has pushed him out of the race immediately. Could work his way back in via the loan route, though, plus he's still only 18.

In addition, Liverpool boast three of the best forwards in the game in Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, while Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi have shown they can offer plenty as impact substitutes.

Despite his undoubted ability, Wilson is a long way down the pecking order with the Reds. It means the 22-year-old and the club have may have a big decision to make on his future in the coming weeks.