If Liverpool needed any evidence of how the current situation surrounding the world has impacted them, then seeing Timo Werner inching closer to joining Chelsea is surely that.
Reports in recent weeks and months had seemed to suggest the RB Leipzig striker was heading to Anfield this summer, and that Jurgen Klopp himself had told the Liverpool board of his wish for the Germany international’s signing.
But with Werner heading for Stamford Bridge, it’s been claimed the Reds have set their sights on Wolves ace Adama Traore. And whilst the Spaniard may be a shrewd alternative to the Leipzig man, perhaps Klopp should look closer to home when it comes to reinforcing his attack for next season.
Step forward, Harry Wilson. The Wales international has spent this current campaign on loan at fellow Premier League side Bournemouth, and it was recently confirmed that his spell with the Cherries has been extended until the end of the season.
The Liverpool Echo’s Ian Doyle has now claimed that Wilson’s long-term future is up in the air, with it unlikely that Klopp’s side will receive a big-money fee for him to leave on a permanent basis given the current circumstances.
And based on his performances in the last couple of seasons, the Liverpool boss should finally give the winger a chance to succeed at Anfield.
Last year saw Wilson turn out for promotion-chasing Derby County, and he almost fired them into the Premier League with his performances in the Championship. He struck 15 times in 40 league games, and has shown the ability to play in English football’s top-flight with his impressive performances for Bournemouth.
In just 23 games for Eddie Howe’s side, he has found the back of the net seven times, including a brace against Tottenham, and a superb strike against Liverpool’s title rivals Manchester City.
As the Reds chase for success on multiple fronts next season, having someone like Wilson as an option, whether off the bench, or as someone to ease the burden on Mohamed Salah and give him a much-needed rest in certain games, Klopp would be foolish to let him go permanently this summer.
Instead of first paying top dollar for Traore, the Liverpool manager should seriously consider giving Wilson the opportunity to really stake his claim and see whether he can save millions in the transfer market for the Merseyside club.