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Klopp Talk: Harry Wilson “World Class” at Scoring from Distance

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The Liverpool manager talked about the on-loan youngster and his obvious gifts.

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Harry Wilson only scores bangers. It’s a bit of a meme and, if I’m being honest, a really cool t-shirt idea that I really want to make happen. But it’s also true. The young man is highly adept at scoring what we consider worlds. Don’t believe me? Check out what my much smarter friend, Audun Manum, wrote about him just yesterday.

Wilson’s got 6 Premier League goals to his credit during his loan stint, thus far, with Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth. He’s also playing regularly, marking appearances in nearly all matches available to the Cherries. Wilson is, much like his loan stint with Derby, absolutely thriving.

Which brings us to what Klopp thinks. He was asked at the press conference ahead of Liverpool’s match against Bournemouth what he thought of young Harry Wilson and the gaffer was effusive with praise.

“I am happy he cannot play against us, to be honest! Each free-kick is a proper threat. But we were never in doubt about Harry’s shooting abilities, his skills in that part of the game are incredible – world-class, for sure. He makes big steps there, that’s really important. They are not in the best run but even there, he scored two goals in the game before the last game, nice goals as well, not important enough at the end because they still lost but kept the game going.”

Wilson, as is clear in the quote, is not going to feature on the weekend against Liverpool. But it’s clear that the gaffer thinks highly of the young winger. If Wilson continues his scoring rate and manages to potentially grow in the other areas of his game, there’s no reason to think that Klopp wouldn’t find a place for him somewhere in this team.

We’ve already talked at length about how there are clearly going to be lots of minutes available for people. And even if we only decide to add a handful of players over the next few windows, there’s not reason to think that this manager wouldn’t find a way to get them all a decent amount of playing time.

The opportunity, then, exists for Wilson to find his permanent home back at Anfield. Here’s hoping he takes his chance as well as he takes those spot kicks.