Harry Wilson made his first appearance in the championship for Cardiff City last week after moving to South Wales on a rental basis until the end of the season.
With Jurgen Klopp winning Liverpool’s first Champions League games of the season against Ajax and Midtjylland FC one win after the other, it has also been a productive series of evenings for some of his stars who moved to South Wales on loan – for the head of the Reds it could even solve a future transfer problem.
Liverpool will eventually consider how to replace some of their stars such as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, and there are already signs that Jurgen Klopp could save a lot of money on transfer fees.
Against Bournemouth he proved decisive and even scored his side’s equaliser after Junior Hoilett hit Wilson on the edge of the penalty area after a narrow cross from Junior Hoilett and the Welshman buried his efforts in the bottom corner to equalise the game half an hour before the end.
Against the team with which he had spent a season last year – Bournemouth – he was named in the starting line-up for the first time. He then played Middlesbrough, but was absent from the game against Derby County due to injury.
It was a deal with Deadline Day, with some Bluebirds fans still tempted to call a player of Wilson’s qualities their own, but after discussions with Klopp, the club felt that a temporary break in his home country would be best for the player’s development.
Cardiff City Correspondent Glen Williams gave the 23-year-old an eye out and said “Was central to the city’s attack. He showed up at crucial points, pushing beautiful balls backwards and pulling the trigger when he could. He scored a nice goal to bring Cardiff back to the conditions.
The two teams exchanged their chances, but neither of them could find a winner.
Wales Online chose Wilson as their star in the player ratings last night for his debut against Bournemouth.
And he was not the only Liverpool man to impress: Sheyi Ojo, also on loan from the Reds in Cardiff, played alongside Wilson and was influential in the draw against the Cherries at his side.
Liverpool was originally looking for a bid of around £20 million to let Wilson go permanently, and on the basis of this evidence this could prove to be a favorable price point or even an argument for changing the transfer position.
He scored a seven in the player ratings of Wales Online, with his developing partnership with the winger with whom he has played since his teenage years being an important point of conversation.
“Made a series of exciting, confusing runs on the right wing and set off many attacks. Had a good connection with Wilson. The last ball just needs to be more crisp,” said Glen Williams of the attacker’s performance.
Interestingly enough, Wilson seems to be playing the role of number 10 in his previous games and seems to be taking a place behind striker Kieffer Moore.
The other loaner from the Reds in Cardiff, Sheyi Ojo, scored the equalizer against Middlesbrough last weekend and was the star of Wales Online in the allegedly “dull game” against Derby.
Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp will want to keep an eye on how he progresses in such a system, with Phillipe Coutinho recently taking over a role in Anfield.
Ojo played consistently in a 4-2-3-1 game on the right wing, a formation that Klopp has taken over in recent games. Although he would do extremely well to interfere in the German manager’s plans after signing Diogo Jota, he will certainly add the millions to his transfer fee for the current formation.
Harvey Elliott was another Reds borrower who made his first appearances for a new team last week when the teenager made his Blackburn Rovers debut after losing to Watford.
said Cardiff City reporter Glen Williams: “(Ojo) Made one or two eye-catching runs and looked mostly wide awake. Then he played the killer ball, which Kieffer Moore was able to pick up where he left off after a terrific run”.