Reds fans react to Wilson’s bittersweet starring in loss to Napoli at Murrayfield

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A pre-season defeat to Napoli left the Reds, Jürgen Klopp, and fans disappointed and clutching for positives to take from the game.

The game was marked by listlessness, lapses of concentration, and the lack of a cutting edge up front. There were, however, some good things to be taken from the game – the absence of further injuries being a kind of wooden spoon in terms of achievements on Sunday.

Additionally, though, Klopp’s introduction of the Reds’ prospects gave the side a youthful zest and a dynamism it had seemed to be lacking. Harvey Elliott, making his debut, looked sharp: as did Rhian Brewster.

But what of 22-year-old Harry Wilson – surely we can no longer categorise him amongst promising teenagers?

The Welshman is being linked with a £20-25 million move from Anfield to the likes of Aston Villa and Newcastle and his long-term future at the club is uncertain.

That said, David Maddock has suggested that Klopp remains interested in keeping the 22-year-old around as an option.

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(Video) Wilson’s 20-yard effort shines as highlight in otherwise lacklustre defeat

Coming on as 62nd-minute substitute, Wilson looked lively and drew fouls with some penetrative runs towards goal. He also took on a particular fierce effort from 20-yards out that took all of the ‘keepers power to keep out.

On the whole, Reds fans seem to rate Wilson – goal-laden loan spell Derby gave a sense of anticipation to his return to Anfield. Now, however, it’s up to Klopp to watch his progress in Evian and to see if he gets handed one more opportunity to impress against Lyon.

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