Darren Bent has admitted that loaned-out winger Harry Wilson would be a great addition to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side.
The Sky Sports pundit did, however, claim that the progression of the Bournemouth loanee could be greatly affected by waiting for a chance at the Reds behind the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Bent claimed that the Welsh international’s ability to get on the ball and create opportunities as well as score them could add a new dimension at Anfield.
“So yeah he’d be a brilliant addition to the squad for Liverpool and I think if he got in the team, he could do really well for the team, as he can create and score, but I just don’t see how he is going to dislodge them two in Salah and Mane,” he told Football Insider.
“So for me, as good as it is to play for Liverpool and wait for your opportunity, his development might get stunted due to how hard it is to get in that Liverpool team.”
Wilson has already scored four goals in his 11 Premier League appearances this season under the management of Eddie Howe.
The 22-year-old proved in pre-season that he is capable of the spectacular in a Liverpool shirt. The only question mark that was left in the summer was whether or not the Welshman could make an impact in the Premier League. Wilson was superb for Derby in the Championship last season and was the Rams’ top-scorer as he helped them reach the play-off finals. Klopp then decided to give him a chance in friendlies, but it made sense to send him to Bournemouth where he can get more game time. It hasn’t been too much of a step up though, and Wilson has taken to life in the top flight easily and has continued to find the back of the net with ease. The winger will be the perfect addition to the squad next season, with older options such as Xherdan Shaqiri most likely getting frustrated, a younger player who will recognise his place in Klopp’s side as a rotation option makes much more sense.