Harry Wilson has revealed he received a message of praise from Jurgen Klopp after his stunning free-kick in Derby County’s League Cup win over Manchester United.
The Welshman dropped jaws at Old Trafford with a spectacular dipping effort on the way towards knocking Jose Mourinho’s men out on penalties.
He subsequently paid tribute to his Liverpool roots with the ‘five times’ celebration famously used by Fernando Torres to rub salt in the wound of the Reds’ old rivals.
It marked a deserved headline moment for the 21-year-old amid his mission to make his mark on senior football in view of a long-term future back on Merseyside.
Discussing his goal, Wilson said: “I have been practising a bit and if I can hit one half as good as the other night I will be happy,” per the Express.
“I think the Liverpool fans enjoyed it.”
“Jurgen Klopp messaged me after the United game. He just said: ‘fantastic free-kick, really great football’.”
“It’s great to hear from the manager whose team you want to be in in the future.”
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) October 9, 2018
Wilson has only managed seven appearances in the Championship so far this season having missed five games through injury across the end of August and the beginning of September.
Nonetheless, he has already emerged as a valuable asset in Frank Lampard’s attacking arsenal with his pace and keen eye for a goal.
He showcased his talents during a loan spell with Hull City over the second half of last season, scoring seven goals in 14 appearances for the club as an instrumental figure in the club’s fight for survival.
An immediate impression combined with two prolific seasons with Liverpool’s U23s in earning him a long-term contract at Anfield back in July.
Of the plethora of youth potential that left the club in search of regular first team football in the summer, Wilson is perhaps the main figure of interest.