After the likes of Trent-Alexander- Arnold, Ben Woodburn, and Ovie Ejaria have found themselves making their way up to the Liverpool first team, a question left unanswered is…
Why Harry Wilson has not quite made his breakthrough?
Monday night’s 3-2 win over Arsenal U23’s at Anfield saw the Welshman net an impressive brace, as he helped the Reds move to within three points of first place; chasing Merseyside rivals, Everton.
Having become Wales’ youngest ever international to feature in a game for his country at just 16 years and 207 days ; beating Gareth Bale’s record , this marked the youngest age for any Liverpool player to represent their country.
He may have envisaged his Liverpool career taking a slightly more direct route to the first team, however it hasn’t quite panned out that way as of yet for the 19 year old.
Wilson, who has been at the club since he was eight, was made club captain for the Under 23’s side this campaign, and has been in fine form this season; ranked 3rd currently in the top scorers list, on seven goals.
Jurgen Klopp has given chances for the youngsters to make their mark predominantly in the EFL cup this term , with Serbian international; Marko Grujic, as well as, Trent-Alexander-Arnold, Ejaria, and Grujic all featuring in games.
However, the most emphatic appearance was 17-year-old, Ben Woodburn’s cameo against Leeds in the EFL Cup quarter-final at Anfield. After coming on in the 67th minute, Divock Origi broke the deadlock 10 minutes later, much to the comfort of the anxious home fans, with just a one goal lead the game was not settled though.
Step up, Ben Woodburn.
Goalscorer, turned provider: Divock Origi held up the ball superbly in the six yard box, before shifting it onto summer signing, Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutchman then rolled it towards Woodburn, who slammed the ball into the back of the net at the kop end, and secured a semi final place for Klopp’s side.
A dream goal.
Woodburn became Liverpool’s youngest ever scorer at 17 years and 45 days, and topped off a tremendous November, as fellow youth player Alexander- Arnold alongside himself, signed their first professional contracts at the club.
One Welsh international ( In Woodburn) has been gifted the opportunity of a lifetime by successfully making his breakthrough. On the other hand, the other is still driving the Under 23’s side up the table.
Part of the reason behind Wilson’s lack of game time may simply be down to the array of talent surrounding him, which makes it hard for Klopp to choose who is most suited.
It is not yet clear whether or not Wilson is next on Klopp’s checklist to be granted a pathway to the ultimate stage; only time will tell, however, if current performances are sustained throughout the season, there is a good chance he could be next.
By Tom Cavilla, 18 years old