Harry Wilson‘s two goals against Chester caught the eye on Saturday, and the youngster is now set to sign a new-and-improved contract at Liverpool.
Wilson was one of the standout players as the Reds dismantled their lower-league opponents 7-0 at the weekend, kicking off pre-season in style.
The Welshman took both of his first-half goals expertly and was an influential figure throughout his 45-minute runout.
Jurgen Klopp is now weighing up whether or not to keep Wilson in his squad next season or loan him out for the campaign, with 12 Championship clubs keen on acquiring his signature.
Saturday’s evidence suggests the Liverpool manager may opt for the former, and news of his latest contract extension is proof that Klopp thinks highly of him.
According to Goal‘s Neil Jones, “the 21-year-old will this week sign a new long-term deal on improved terms, as the club looks to reward his impressive progress in recent months.”
Wilson only agreed his current contract six months ago, but Liverpool clearly see the improvements made and want to make sure his long-term future is nailed down.
He enjoyed a highly impressive loan spell at Hull City between January and May, scoring seven goals and registering four assists in just 14 appearances for the Championship side.
Wilson’s next chance to shine comes on Tuesday evening, as the Reds take on Tranmere Rovers in another friendly at Prenton Park.
Klopp will always pick players on merit rather than reputation, and if he feels his young forward will be a better option than a potential new signing he won’t hesitate in using him.
The Wales international’s versatility, work rate and eye for goal make him an ideal Klopp player—whether he can find a consistent level at a club of Liverpool’s stature is perhaps the biggest stumbling block.
It is easy to forget that Ryan Kent signed a new contract last summer before being loaned to Freiburg, though, so it doesn’t necessarily signal a definite change in Wilson’s current role.