After years with barely a sniff of first-team football at Liverpool, Danny Wilson's headed back to Scotland, this time to Edinburgh and Hearts, the side that Liverpool barely got past in the final qualifying round prior to Europa League group play. For now it's a loan that'll last until the end of the season, but with few opportunities in his past or future, it wouldn't be surprising if this was the Scottish defender's last move away from Merseyside.
With only two first-team appearances under his belt at Liverpool and seven while on loan at Blackpool, Wilson's badly in need of regular playing time, and that's apparently something that'll be accomodated under Hearts boss John McGlynn, who's excited about the prospect of having the 21 year-old:
"Danny is a quality player and someone we know a lot about. Even at such a young age, he brings a lot of experience and not only will he be a very good addition to our squad, he will be a good influence on the young players we have here.
"He has been playing regularly down south so fitness won't be a problem and hopefully it won't be long before we see him in a Hearts shirt."
The regular playing time McGlynn mentions is with the reserves, and as far as I know he's made the squad maybe once or twice this season for cup competition under Rodgers. Reserve team football is nice for fitness, but with the rate at which many of Liverpool's youngsters are progressing, it's hard to argue that Danny Wilson hasn't been lost in the shuffle.
His Liverpool career might not be over for good, but he's at least taking a break for now, and that's probably the best thing for him. Hopefully his time back in Scotland is beneficial for him and Hearts, and that wherever he ends up longer-term he's able to play senior football both regularly and successfully.
**Edit: Wilson also made an appearance for Bristol City while on loan this fall, which was omitted in the post.**