Liverpool have announced their UEFA Champions League squad for the 2020/21 season, but youngster Harry Wilson has not made the cut. The Premier League champions are in Group D alongside Ajax, Atalanta, and Midtjylland. Surprisingly, Liverpool have opted for a 24 man squad instead of 25, which means that there was space for the Welshman to be included.
However, Jurgen Klopp has included both Harvey Elliott and Xherdan Shaqiri in his squad.
Even though Wilson can qualify as locally trained as well as a home-grown player, the German manager opted to keep the Welshman out, a decision that will surely raise questions on the player’s future. Liverpool, incidentally, have named seven home-grown and club trained players even though there were eight spots available in the squad for such players.
The seven men are Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, James Milner, Caoimhin Kelleher, Harvey Elliott, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Liverpool soss Klopp set for talks with Wilson regarding another loan move
Wilson was interested in leaving Anfield in the summer and Burnley were among the clubs looking to secure the services of the Welshman. The Clarets had even submitted a bid of £16m for the player, which included a £12m payment upfront and a further £4m in add-ons. However, the offer was rejected by Liverpool, as the Reds were looking for £20m and the player ended up staying at Anfield.
Wilson is currently on international duty with Wales and if reports are to be believed, he is keen to have a straightforward talk with Klopp once he returns. The Welshman spent the last two years on loan at Derby County and Bournemouth and impressed on both occasions.
Klopp will reportedly discuss the prospect of another loan move with the youngster. However, with the transfer window now closed, Wilson will have to settle for a move down to the Championship.
Premier League clubs have until 5 pm on 16th October to send players on loan to the EFL. Wilson, though, will have plenty of options if he decides to shift down, with Bournemouth also in the Championship this season after being relegated last term.
The Cherries would be interested in a reunion with the Welshman. However, that would depend on new manager Jason Tindall, who replaced the outgoing Eddie Howe.
Players who did make it to Liverpool’s A list can all hope to get minutes under their belt this season, with the Champions League allowing 5 substitutions this term. Among the men who will be benefitted by this change will be Shaqiri, who was restricted to just 11 appearances for Liverpool last season due to injuries.
The Switzerland international was believed to be on his way out this summer after being left out of the Carabao cup squad that lost to Arsenal. However, a move never materialized.
Liverpool’s B list is expected to include youngsters like Curtis Jones, Rhys Williams and Neco Williams.
Liverpool Champions League Squad (List A)
Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Adrian San Miguel, Caoimhin Kelleher
Defenders: Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kostas Tsimikas, Joel Matip
Midfielders: Henderson, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara, James Milner, Takumi Minamino, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, Harvey Elliott
Forwards: Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Divock Origi, Diogo Jota
Published 08 Oct 2020, 21:59 IST