SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND - Wednesday, August 19, 2015: Liverpool's Harry Wilson in action against Everton during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at Haig Avenue. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Harry Wilson signs new long-term contract with Liverpool

Liverpool U23s winger Harry Wilson has signed a new contract with the club, following his successful comeback from injury.

Wilson spent five months on the sidelines with a broken toe, before returning to take part in the young Reds’ 1-0 defeat to 2.Liga side FC Erzgebirge Aue last week.

The 19-year-old has long been hotly tipped for a bright future on Merseyside, but his absence and a disappointing loan spell with Crewe Alexandra looked to have put paid to his prospects.

But Liverpool have moved to quash this, handing the Wales international a new contract, as he prepares for a pivotal 2016/17 campaign.

After his appearance in Aue, Wilson starred as Michael Beale’s U23s thrashed Welsh Premier League outfit Rhyl FC 4-1 on Sunday afternoon, opening the scoring in the first half.

He also started in Wednesday evening’s 2-1 behind-closed-doors victory over Celtic’s development squad, highlighting his key role under Beale in 2016/17.

Wilson is able to play on either wing or behind the striker, but is arguably at his best cutting in from the left flank.

Gifted with excellent technical ability and a fleet-footed, nimble physique, Wilson is set to shine in the Premier League 2 this season.

With fellow winger Ryan Kent joining Barnsley on a season-long loan, Wilson has less competition for a starting role, and will be one of the more senior players in Beale’s new-look squad.

After Wednesday’s win in Glasgow, the Liverpool U23s next take on Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Following a revamp of the English reserve system this summer, the young Reds have announced three league fixtures to be played at Anfield in 2016/17, taking on Arsenal (December 11), Manchester United (January 15) and Tottenham Hotspur (February 5).

The rest of their home fixtures will take place at Prenton Park, beginning with a season opener at home to Southampton on August 14.

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