Liverpool’s pre-season campaign begins tonight when they will be visiting Deva Stadium to face sixth tier outfit Chester FC, however, the next one month will be crucial for a host of youngsters who are thriving for opportunities to impress the Reds chief Jurgen Klopp and breaking into his first-team plans for the upcoming term.
Harry Wilson, the 21-year-old academy prodigy, has been the most discussed name in recent months following his scintillating loan spell at Hull City where he made an immediate impact since his winter move and returned a total of 7 goals and 3 assists in 13 outings – lifting the Tigers out of the drop zone and ensured safety. His display down the wing has attracted a dozen of Championship outfits and the likes of Middlesbrough, Derby County, Leeds United, QPR, Preston North End, Norwich City, Stoke City, Aston Villa, Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion and Reading have also registered their interest alongside Hull for a season-long loan spell.
There have been offers from abroad too as both Celtic and Rangers – the great Glasgow rivals enquired his availability. A move to Celtic has been ruled out due to Brendan Rodgers’ recent treatment with Patrick Roberts and Charly Musonda who joined from Manchester City and Chelsea last season but were not offered enough game-time at Parkhead. Moreover, Steven Gerrard’s appointment as Rangers boss make them frontrunners among the Scottish outfits to land the Wales international but, at the same time, there is still hope of staying at Anfield cooling down all these talks.
The dynamic right winger has excelled in Reds youth ranks since joining as a member of the U9s squad and also captained the U23s before moving out on loan last season in East Riding of Yorkshire. There he exhibited his stunning goal-scoring traits of Liverpool reserves and Klopp will now assess him during these friendlies before deducing a conclusion. Liverpool got red-hot Mohamed Salah down the right flank and are also keen on a backup amid rumors of Moses Simon and Xherdan Shaqiri. Wilson now needs to keep up his good work in the next few weeks and convince Klopp to utilize him as a utility option for the Merseysiders.