Harry Wilson: I want to make it at Liverpool. Harry Wilson says he is determined to cap his loan spell at Derby with promotion to the Premier League, but insists his ambition is to succeed at Liverpool. The 21-year-old left Anfield to join Frank Lampard’s side last summer on a season-long loan and has proved an influential member of the promotion-chasing side, scoring 12 goals in all competitions. Wilson, one of three loanees at Pride Park alongside Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, has earned widespread praise for his performances which leave Derby just outside the play-off spots on goal difference. The midfielder, who became Wales’ youngest player in October 2013, is living with England U21 international Mount and says both players are intent on eventually playing regular first-team football at their parent clubs.
I have always felt like a Liverpool player. Everything is going along the right path.
“The main focus this season is to get promoted with Derby,” Wilson told the Daily Mail. “But Mason’s goal is to play for Chelsea and my goal is to play for Liverpool. I have always felt like a Liverpool player. “Everything is going along the right path.” Wilson has earned a reputation for a spectacular goal but the most memorable of his strikes came in Derby’s shock victory against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup in September. He endeared himself further with the Anfield faithful when he celebrated the goal by gesturing five fingers, referring to Liverpool’s five European Cups.
“I didn’t realise the goal at United was as good as it was because I went off celebrating,’ he said
“I didn’t realise the goal at United was as good as it was because I went off celebrating,’ he said. “It wasn’t until I was on the bus on the way back here that I watched it on Twitter and saw the movement that I had got on it. With it being at Old Trafford made it even more special.” Wilson also says Jurgen Klopp was a big fan of the 25-yard free-kick and has kept in regular contact during his consistent performances. “He dropped me a text to tell me he’d watched it and he was delighted with the performance – and the goal!” Wilson said. “A couple of weeks ago there was another message saying, ‘Good result, good goal – keep going’. When you get those texts, it is a massive boost. You know you aren’t forgotten.”