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You don’t need to tell Liverpool supporters that manager Jurgen Klopp is one of the best in Europe – if not the world – and he further reinforced that point earlier in the week.
Reports over the summer suggested that the Reds had placed a £25m price tag upon winger Harry Wilson’s head following his successful loan spell with Derby County in the Championship last term.
However, there were no takers for a permanent move and in the end, Bournemouth ended up signing the Wales international on a season-long loan deal two days before the deadline.
Interestingly given the previous reports, no option to buy was included which suggests that Klopp isn’t finished with the 22-year-old just yet.
It was always going to be difficult for him on Merseyside this season with the quality the Reds have in attacking positions through the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, and first-team minutes for Wilson likely would have been few and far between.
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Instead, he should get plenty of experience playing for the south coast outfit in the Premier League – he made his first start and scored his first goal for the Cherries in their 2-1 win against Aston Villa last weekend.
The Telegraph reported afterwards that it prompted Klopp to send a WhatsApp message of him fist-pumping to the Welshman, in turn telling him that he is supporting him and keeping an eye on how he is getting on.
The attacker may well have been wondering whether he had a future at Anfield at all just a few weeks back, but the message should reassure him that there is still some hope of making a breakthrough under the German.
The former Borussia Dortmund is renowned for having a strong relationship with his players wherever he has been, and it is no different at Liverpool.
In fact it is probably one of the main reasons why he is such a popular figure.
Klopp may well be a genius tactically as shown by their Champions League success and 97-point Premier League tally in 2018/19, but it is his personal touch that perhaps sometimes doesn’t get the credit it deserves.
He appears to have used it cleverly again here though, keeping the door open for Wilson whether the plan is for him to be sold or not next summer.
The 52-year-old’s recent hint (translated by The Mirror) that he could retire when his contract at Anfield expires in 2022 reinforces just why Liverpool need to enjoy the German while he’s still with them.