By Scott Taylor
Harry Wilson has signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool. The winger, 19, burst onto the scene when he became Wales’ youngest ever international in October 2013 when he came on as a late substitute against Belgium. After impressing for the U23s in pre-season, Wilson has signed a new three-year contract with the Reds.
Wilson joined the Liverpool Academy in Kirkby as an U8 player and progressed through the U16s and U18s before featuring for the U21s, where he made 30 appearances since his debut in August 2013.
His performances with Michael Beale’s side earned him a call-up to the Wales national side, and his confidence continued throughout the 2014/15 season, scoring ten goals and providing seven assists.
Wilson netted four goals at the start of last season before going out on loan to SkyBet League One side Crewe Alexandra, where he made seven first-team appearances.
The winger’s progress was halted when he returned from his loan spell as he was ruled out for five months with a broken toe and fell behind Sheyi Ojo and Ryan Kent in the U21s pecking order.
He made his comeback for the new-look U23s in their pre-season tour of Germany this month, returning in the defeat at FC Erzgebirge.
It didn’t take long for Wilson to return to the form where he earned many plaudits, scoring the 4-1 victory Rhyl.
U23 team-mate Kent recently joined Championship side Barnsley on a season-long loan and with Ojo in the plans of first-team manager Jurgen Klopp, Wilson will be provided with several opportunities with the youth sides at Kirkby.
Wilson featured for Beale’s men in the 2-1 victory over Celtic on Wednesday night, where Jack Dunn netted a brace in the game in Scotland.
Dunn, 21, who was making his own comeback after an injury-plagued 2015/16, was impressive as the U23s recorded back-to-back wins.
Beale used plenty of squad players from the U18s last season including Adam Phillips, Ben Woodburn and Brad Garton.
Trialists Nathan Phillips and Juanma were also given starts as they look to secure a contract at the club ahead of the new season.
The U23s will be in search of three consecutive wins when they travel to Morecambe on Saturday.
Liverpool U23s: Kelleher; Lewis (Jones 65’), Brewitt (Masterson 65’), Maguire, Juanma (Hart 65’); Virtue (N Phillips 65’), A Phillips (Whelan 65’); Wilson (Garton 65’), Dunn (Lennon 65’), Woodburn (Kane 65’); Gomes.