Liverpool forward Harry Wilson has revealed that he had an honest conversation with Jurgen Klopp in the summer about his need to go away and play games.
Wilson says that he told Klopp he needed to be playing regular football and that the German coach agreed and was happy to allow him to go and find a new club.
The Welsh winger ended up signing for Cardiff City in the Championship on loan until the end of the season on deadline day.
Speaking to Cardiff City TV, as transcribed by Inside Futbol, Wilson opened up on his summer conversations with Klopp. “I spoke with Jurgen at the beginning of the season.
“I let him know that I wanted to be playing football and he agreed.
“He said that a player at the stage of my career now… he knew that I had to be playing.
“With the quality of the squad they have got at Liverpool, I wasn’t going to get the minutes I needed.
“As soon as I had that chat with him, I knew we were both on the same page.
“Then it was all about finding a club that would take me and a club where I feel I would be able to show people the type of football I like to play.
“I am here at Cardiff now and I am desperate to get them to the Premier League.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Wilson enjoyed a superb full debut for Cardiff this week as he scored in their 1-1 draw with his former loan club Bournemouth. He scored the equaliser in the game after his former Liverpool teammate Dominic Solanke had given Bournemouth the lead, with the forward also recording a WhoScored rating of 8 – getting off four shots and creating three key chances.
It is great to hear that Wilson took charge of his own destiny, in a sense, by going to Klopp and making it clear of his intentions. At 23, regular game time could be key to Wilson’s development and he was clearly keen to go out and get it due to the lack of opportunities ahead of him at Liverpool – with Klopp clearly in agreement.
If he can continue to score goals for Cardiff and produce performances in the same vein as his one against Bournemouth it could be a very successful season for the forward. It would be very interesting to see if Liverpool would be willing to sell him to Cardiff permanently if they are able to win promotion to the Premier League from the second tier this season.