This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
There aren’t too many ways to improve this current Liverpool team.
After all, they’re a side who rather remarkably missed out on the Premier League title despite achieving 97 points whilst also going onto win the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp has put together a very special set of players, yet after it was revealed that they had no interest in Nicolas Pepe, it could be quite a quiet summer.
The Reds have recently added 17-year-old Sepp van den Berg to their ranks but ahead of the new campaign, their manager must put faith in another rising star.
Adam Lallana’s contract is set to expire in 2020 so with a year remaining on his deal he could well leave Anfield soon.
As a result, Klopp must put faith in the incredibly talented Harry Wilson instead.
The attacker, who has the ability to play out wide and as a number ten like Lallana, has been linked with a switch away from the club this month.
The Mirror claimed they could let him go for £21m with a number of clubs all in pursuit.
However, selling him would be foolish.
It would be verging on the impossible to dislodge Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane but as a squad player, he’d be a fine player to welcome into the side.
Last season, he scored 16 goals in the Championship on loan at Derby as he helped take them to the play-off final.
He was in scintillating form and therefore there is a reason to suggest he could take over the mantle from Lallana next season.
The 31-year-old has never really done anything wrong in his time on Merseyside. He’s been a steady player throughout the years but after missing some of the opening part of last season through injury, only went onto make six starts across the whole term.
With that in mind, would someone dislodging him be a bad thing? Arguably not.
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Wilson showed remarkable levels of consistency at Derby, also claiming four assists and at the age of just 22, he is a player who could prove extremely beneficial for Liverpool in the future.
Selling him for a fee of £21m would represent good business but not when he could still have an impact on the team.
Considering Lallana may well leave in a year’s time, preparing Wilson for life in Liverpool’s first team seems far more sensible than letting him leave.