Jurgen Klopp has claimed he would have given Harry Wilson a chance in Liverpool’s first team this year had he not joined Bournemouth on loan.
The Welshman has been superb acquisition for the Cherries, scoring six goals in 14 Premier League appearances under Eddie Howe. He was also shipped out last season after agreeing a temporary move to Championship side Derby County, with Klopp insisting Wilson needed the regular game time to continue his development.
The 22-year-old is ineligible to face his parent club on Saturday as ?Bournemouth prepare to host ?Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium, meaning he will miss his first game since the opening weekend of the season.
When asked if Wilson could become a regular for the Reds once he returns from the south coast, Klopp replied (as quoted by the ?Daily Mail): “Of course, he can succeed – that’s why we loaned him so he can make the steps.
“It would have been difficult for Harry, and I would have loved to have had him here if we had another choice, especially when [Xherdan Shaqiri] was injured. You want to have these kinds of players.
“But, now is not the moment to decide. All the players we sent on loan have the chance to make it in the first team, otherwise we would have sold them.”
Klopp went on to explain the areas the forward must work on to secure a spot in his Liverpool side, saying: “His shooting is world class, that is how it is. Find me five players who shoot better than him, that is obvious.
“But, the game is more than that and that is what he has to improve and that is clear. But, to be involved as an offensive player, you have to connect with other players. He has that, it is not like he doesn’t. But, to get to the next level, he needs game time at the highest level and that is why we loaned him.”
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