Liverpool U23s winger Harry Wilson in contention vs. Plymouth

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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool U23s captain Harry Wilson could feature in Wednesday night’s FA Cup third-round replay against Plymouth Argyle.

The Reds travel to Home Park in midweek, to continue their push for success in the FA Cup, with a home clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fourth round awaiting the victor.

Held to a 0-0 draw by the Pilgrims last time out, Liverpool will be hoping for a more straightforward result in Devon.

And Klopp is likely to field a young side in his bid to progress to the next round. This could include Wilson, who was left out of the U23s’ 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester United on Monday night, instead joining first-team training.

Speaking to reporters at Melwood on Tuesday, Klopp confirmed he was considering including Wilson in his squad against Argyle.

“Have I been impressed by Harry Wilson? He’s a wonderful young player,” he enthused.

“In a few moments [in training] I was impressed. I have no lineup, but in our situation we had to keep a few players out of the game yesterday.

“We need to have the choice. He’s part of all our thoughts for this game, and we’ll see.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 12, 2016: Liverpool's captain Harry Wilson celebrates scoring the second goal against Arsenal from the penalty spot during FA Premier League 2 Division 1 Under-23 match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


Wilson has been in fine form so far this season, scoring 19 goals and assisting another nine in 28 appearances for the U23s.

He could come into Klopp’s starting lineup on either flank, with the likes of Ben Woodburn and Sheyi Ojo also options for the German to consider, after suggesting he could make further changes.

“I said before the last game there were a lot of good reasons to line up like we did,” he added.

“That will be the same case for Wednesday. The first and best reason is we want to win the game.

“You will see. Probably it will be different to the team we had in the first game, but that’s not 100 percent sure. We’ll have to wait a little bit.”

Klopp named the club’s youngest ever starting lineup for the 0-0 draw at Anfield, with the Reds’ boss giving his academy talents the opportunity to shine during a busy winter schedule.

Wilson could be the latest to benefit from this approach, and in what would be his first-team debut, the Wales international will be eager to grasp this opportunity and impress.

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