Harry Wilson is “on the way” to becoming a potential option for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, according to academy director Alex Inglethorpe.
Inglethorpe has overseen 22-year-old Wilson’s progress through the Reds’ ranks as a youngster, having been at the club since 2012.
The Wales international is currently starring on loan at Bournemouth in the Premier League having shone with Derby County last year.
Under Frank Lampard, Wilson provided 18 goals and six assists for the Rams, who reached the Championship play-off final only to lose to Aston Villa.
The winger, who has a penchant for eye-catching goals, has already provided three strikes for Bournemouth this term with well-taken efforts against Villa, Manchester City and Southampton having played in seven of the Cherries’ eight top-flight matches.
Wilson’s form on the south coast, on top of his achievements at Derby, has caught the eye of many Liverpool fans who hope he can become an option at Anfield.
He produced similarly electric form for Liverpool’s academy teams – particularly while under-23s captain, netting 28 times in the 2016-17 campaign, adding 10 in 12 Premier League 2 games the following year before going on loan to Hull City.
And Inglethorpe is confident Wilson is on the right trajectory, although suspects he would still have trouble getting into the starting eleven ahead of the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
“Yeah, the bottom line is you’ve got to be world class,” Inglethorpe told The Athletic of what it takes to make the grade at Liverpool as a young player coming in.
“We’re the champions of Europe, so you’ve got to take the place of someone who’s a Champions League winner and has helped the team to the top of the Premier League.
“It’s a big ask, but there are different ways of doing it.
“Trent [Alexander-Arnold] has done it in one way, in terms of staying around, having the opportunity, taking it and, bit by bit, demonstrating to the manager that he’s capable of playing.
“Then you’ve got other players who go about it in a slightly different way. Harry Wilson would be the obvious example.
“Someone who has gone on loan to Crewe, Hull, Derby and now he’s in the Premier League scoring goals for Bournemouth.
“He’s on the way to maybe being a first-team option.
“I think he’s realistic enough to know he wouldn’t come back from his loan and take someone’s spot straight away, but he could maybe put pressure on positions 12, 13 and 14 on the bench, and make an impact playing in a percentage of games each year.”
Bournemouth have no option to buy Wilson, who is under contract at Liverpool until 2022, as part of their loan deal.