Man City decision by Jurgen Klopp changed Liverpool’s stance on Harry Wilson


Harry Wilson has extended his loan agreement and will remain in Bournemouth until the end of the 2019/20 season.The 23-year-old, who joined the Cherries on loan from Liverpool at the start of his tenure, will remain with Eddie Howe’s team until the campaign ends following the disruption caused by COVID-19.

He has scored seven goals in 27 appearances so far this term in what is his first season in high flying.

And it all changed for Wilson when Liverpool faced Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley in August, even though the midfielder was not on the field that day.

Fresh from an impressive loan spell under Frank Lampard in Derby County – 18 goals seemingly helped the Rams make it to the play-off final – Wilson failed to team up to face the national champions.

He would have been forgiven for raising an eyebrow at his exclusion, too.

Jurgen Klopp had one last chance to offer playing time before the Premier League curtain raiser against Norwich City five days later, but the Welshman was completely abandoned.

Wilson participated in seven preseason games across Europe and the United States and scored both in defeat against Borussia Dortmund and victory over Lyon a few days before the trip to London. At this point, Klopp and Liverpool considered him a full member of the first team.

Calls about his availability had been made after an escape campaign at Pride Park, but the position was simple – he wouldn’t leave on loan.

And Wembley has arrived.

Klopp selected 17 replacements against Lyon and a 28-man team had to be reduced to 18 to face the Premier League champions on August 4.

Wilson, Sepp van den Berg, Rhian Brewster, Ki-Jana Hoever, Adam Lewis, Andy Lonergan, Yasser Larouci, Harvey Elliott, Bobby Duncan and James Milner were the 10 to miss and prompted behind-the-scenes thinking.

Bournemouth had been patient throughout the summer and as Klopp assessed the situation, a decision was made to allow Wilson – who turned 23 in March – to join their Premier League rivals two days later.

Liverpool led the transfer, but the midfielder had to accept the lead. Interviews have been held with Eddie Howe and sources close to Wilson admit that the Bournemouth boss impressed with his vision and his philosophy of play.

The Cherries are currently in the relegation zone after the Premier League season has been suspended due to coronavirus, but no foul can be leveled at their loan star.

He scored seven goals in his first high-flying campaign – one less than club top scorer Callum Wilson – and will be crucial to their chances of surviving the downside at the start of the season.

Liverpool continued to record with Wilson throughout the loan and performance analysis was shared between the clubs on a weekly basis prior to the lockout.

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Wilson has been linked to several permanent transfers throughout the campaign, but with three years remaining on his contract, ECHO understands that he remains relaxed about the situation.

Naturally, however, Wilson wants clarification on his position in Liverpool next term after having impressed at both the Championship and Premier League levels for two consecutive seasons.

In fact, before the trip to Bournemouth in December, Klopp himself admitted that he was glad Wilson did not qualify. He knows the quality that this young man has.

So will Liverpool cash in or reward it with a first team opportunity? Wilson, for his part, still hopes to make his way into the set-up at Anfield.

Ether way, the club and the player will not be short of offers.


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