While Liverpool fans were busy tracking Alisson news—and tracking planes he might be on—the club got down to work on some transfer business that might not make a difference to how things play out this season but could be important further down the road.
Young winger Harry Wilson, fresh off signing a new Liverpool deal and following successful second half loan spell with Hull City last season, is heading back to the Championship for the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign as he joins Derby County today on loan.
The 21-year-old remains a highly-regarded prospect at the club but with the arrival of veteran winger Xherdan Shaqiri and the likely signing of another attacker before the close of the transfer window, minutes were always going to be hard to come by at Anfield.
For Derby, where he arrives today alongside Chelsea loanee Mason Mount, there will be the promise of far more regular playing time as they push for promotion a season after finishing sixth but failing to advance past the first round of the Championship playoffs.
“Harry brings incredible quality and hunger to the table here and he showed that last year while he was on loan at Hull,” said Derby manager and ex-Chelsea star Frank Lampard. “He’s a full international too and he has a real desire to come here and improve.”
Wilson made 14 appearances last season for Hull, scoring seven goals and four assists and helping to pull the Tigers comfortably clear of the relegation battle they seemed destined for before he arrived. To date, he has made one senior Liverpool appearance.