The transfer window turned out to be a difficult one for Wilson, who was expected to leave Anfield permanently after 15 years with the club, only to be priced out of a move.
Burnley were the most likely destination, but their bid worth up to £16 million fell short of the club’s valuation, and the winger was then set to stay on Merseyside until at least January.
For a player of proven Premier League pedigree, who will turn 24 before the season is over, this is a strange situation for Wilson.
Cardiff are believed to have paid a £1.2 million fee to secure Wilson’s services, having managed to do so ahead of a host of their Championship rivals including Swansea, Derby and Nottingham Forest.
Given the Wales international is still tied down to a long-term contract, Liverpool‘s thinking is likely that, if he impresses at Cardiff, they will be able to sell Wilson for a higher fee in a more settled financial landscape next summer.
But there are certainly question marks over the player’s welfare, as this summer should have heralded a permanent exit and an opportunity for the No. 59 to establish himself as a regular in the Premier League.