Speculation is mounting over the future of Liverpool’s Harry Wilson following the end of his loan spell with Derby, but recent claims are not to be believed.
Wilson scored 18 goals and laid on six assists in 49 games for the Rams, but was unable to fire them to the Premier League as they lost in the Championship playoff final.
The Wales international produced a muted display in a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa at Wembley on Monday, and now departs Derby for Madrid, where he will be a spectator at the Champions League final.
Liverpool are vying for Europe’s top prize on Saturday, and Wilson will still harbour hope of joining Jurgen Klopp‘s squad on a full-time basis next season.
However, the Mirror‘s David Anderson claimed on Tuesday evening that the 22-year-old had set in motion a “transfer scramble after deciding to quit.”
Anderson plays it safe by reporting that Wilson “wants regular first-team football,” and under the assumption that “his opportunities will be limited” tips him to join another “top-flight side.”
Building on reports from Sky Sports last Wednesday, he offers nothing new in suggesting Crystal Palace, Brighton, Southampton, Newcastle, Augsburg, Hertha Berlin, Eintracht Frankfurt and clubs in La Liga are interested.
He does provide the flourish that Wilson is “understood to be open to moving to Spain,” however.
And he elaborated further on Twitter, adding that the Reds are “ready to cash in on him this summer with just a year left on his contract.”
Therein lies the problem, as Anderson has failed to undergo the simple fact-checking process that would have revealed that Wilson signed a new five-year contract last summer.
Twelve months later, it is deduced that the youngster has just one of those five years remaining, with this erroneous claim pointed out by droves of Liverpool fans.
It is, of course, possible that Anderson is working with information fed to him from an outside source, but this claim undermines the entire story.
Wilson could well leave Anfield this summer, particularly as it appear as though he is yet to receive assurances of a first-team role by Klopp.
But the academy product has consistently maintained that he will return for pre-season and discuss his future with the club’s hierarchy then—and not two days after the biggest game of his career so far.