Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out recalling Harry Wilson from his loan spell with Derby County during the January transfer window.
The Liverpool boss would, however, only consider bringing the forward back to Merseyside should his squad suffer extensive injury setbacks in the attacking department.
Wilson has been flourishing under Frank Lampard at Pride Park this season, registering eight goals and two assists across all competitions.
Such has been his impression in the final third that Wilson has been awarded Derby’s Goal of the Month award for each of the last three months. He also looks in contention to scoop the prize for a fourth consecutive month thanks to his stunning long-range strike against Swansea on December 1.
Discussing the chances of an early return, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “If something happens in an offensive wing position, why should I say today, ‘100 per cent we will not do it’?
“That’s the only thing Derby had to accept in the moment they signed the contract. They have to wait until the last second and we can decide.”
He added: “But we don’t want to take him away. Only if we really need him would we trigger that option. Otherwise, he’s there in a fantastic team.”
“I’m really happy about what Harry is doing. It’s fantastic.”
It would be a real shame to have to disrupt Wilson’s most productive campaign yet in terms of regular senior minutes. The Welshman will likely get his chance to vie for first-team opportunities at Liverpool when he returns for pre-season training in the summer.
For the possibility of recalling him to have cropped up so soon is testament to the mark he has made in the Championship so far.
Klopp’s main issues currently lie in defence following recent injuries to Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether the German will dip into the market come the turn of the year, with the flexibility of James Milner and Fabinho set to be trusted as a means of filling gaps in the back four.
Nathaniel Clyne’s availability and form could also prove a defining factor in how Klopp plans to approach the mid-season window.