Harry Wilson signs new Liverpool contract as winger looks to force his way into Klopp's plans

The Wales international has penned a five-year deal at Anfield after an impressive start to his pre-season campaign
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Harry Wilson has signed a new five-year contract at Liverpool as the Welsh winger hopes to convince Jurgen Klopp he can be part of his first-team plans this season.

Wilson scored twice as the Reds kicked off their pre-season friendly programme with a 7-0 win at National League North outfit Chester on Saturday - a timely reminder of his qualities at the start of a big summer.

The 21-year-old has now put pen to paper on an improved long-term deal, his second in six months as the club rewards his impressive progress in recent months.

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Wilson penned a contract extension in January before joining Hull City on loan, but his form at the Championship club was good enough to convince Liverpool that another deal was necessary.

He scored seven times in 14 appearances for Hull, helping steer the Tigers away from relegation danger. And to underline his development as a player, in March he marked his first senior start for Wales with a goal against China. He is set to be a big part of Ryan Giggs' plans going forward. 

Speaking after signing the new deal, Wilson told Liverpoolfc.com: "I'm delighted to sign the new deal.

"When it got offered to me, I was desperate to get everything sorted so I could sign it fairly early on in pre-season because I want to focus on playing football.

"So, now this is sorted, I feel I can do that and push on and try and impress."

The question now is whether Liverpool choose to loan him out for another year or whether they keep him as a first-team squad option.

There is no shortage of potential suitors, with more than a dozen Championship clubs - including Swansea, Norwich, West Brom and Stoke - having expressed an interest in taking Wilson on a season-long loan.

Celtic, too, have made enquiries. The Scottish champions had a representative at Chester on Saturday, and on Sunday morning contacted Liverpool to see if a deal could be structured which would take the talented winger to Glasgow.

Liverpool, though, would prefer any loan for Wilson to be in England. They have concerns over the way Patrick Roberts and Charly Musonda, two highly-rated wide players, were used by Brendan Rodgers last season and do not want Wilson to be loaned out if he is not going to play regular football.

And with domestic friendlies against Tranmere, Bury and Blackburn to be followed by a three-game tour of the USA this month, Klopp is in no rush to make a definitive judgement on his young star. He appreciates the difficulty Wilson will have in dislodging star men Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, but is aware of the need for options in wide areas this season, particularly ones who have a goalscoring record such as his. 

Speaking after Saturday's game, Wilson outlined his hopes for the coming season.

"I am concentrating on doing well every day in training and hoping that first team opportunities will come," he said.

"The dream of mine is to play regularly for Liverpool's first team. At the moment I am getting the chance to train at Melwood and get minutes in the friendlies and my aim is to impress the manager and stay here. If that's not possible then we will weigh up the options and go from there.

"If you are in [Klopp's] training squad then he's given you the chance to impress him. I have to make sure I use that chance. Over the coming weeks I am sure we'll sit down and see what the plans are."

Wilson told Goal exclusively back in May that his aim was to force himself into Liverpool's first team, and he believes his spell at Hull will help him do that.

On Saturday, he also revealed that he still spent time studying the likes of Salah and Mane to see if he could take any of their traits into his own game.

"As a Liverpool fan I was always watching the games even when I wasn't here last season," he said. "I always watch Salah and Mane closely as they are the wingers. I look at what they do and see what I can take to add to my own game.

"Training with quality players helps you to become a better player. I've had a few chats with Mo and he's a really nice guy. He's always been really helpful to me.

"[Hull] was what I needed – a lot of minutes in a competitive league in the Championship. What I achieved while I was at Hull has given me a lot of confidence coming back to Liverpool.

"I always had the belief in my myself but I wanted to show people that I could handle that step up to senior football.

"Maybe there were a few doubts from my first loan about whether I could handle it. I was glad that I was able to go to Hull and prove those people wrong."

In addition to Wilson, Klopp has decisions to make over a host of other youngsters who are attracting interest.

Liverpool have received loan offers from Norwich and Sheffield United for teenage midfielder Ben Woodburn, with a decision again set to be delayed until later this month. Ryan Kent and Sheyi Ojo are also wanted by a clutch of Championship clubs.

Marko Grujic could join newly-promoted Cardiff on loan having spent the second half of last season there, while defender Connor Randall is on the radar of St Mirren boss Alan Stubbs. Allan Rodrigues de Souza has been allowed to train with Eintracht Frankfurt ahead of a possible season-long move, while Taiwo Awoniyi is set to sign a new contract ahead of another loan move - most likely to Anderlecht.

Lazar Markovic, meanwhile, has been told to find a new club for the second summer in a row. The Serbian winger played no part in Saturday's game at Chester, and is wanted by both Anderlecht and Fenerbahce. He has not featured for Liverpool since May 2015.