Liverpool fell at the hands of Arsenal yet again through a penalty shootout, this time in the Carabao Cup.
A 0-0 draw after regular time forced the two Premier League sides into another tense decider. Despite Adrian saving Mohamed Elneny’s shot, two fluffed strikes from Divock Origi and Harry Wilson redeemed the error and assisted the Gunners into the next round.
With just three days between their Cup clash and their visit to Villa Park on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp opted for a mostly youthful side. Aside from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s starting XI consisted of all fringe players, with James Milner filling in at left-back.
Harry Wilson vs Arsenal
Not only did Wilson miss his penalty in the shootout, he had a quiet game overall. The elusive winger started in midfield alongside Marko Grujic and Curtis Jones, potentially holding a golden chance to redeem his place at the club.
The 23-year-old lost possession of the ball 13 times against Arsenal and was dribbled past twice. The Welshman was also only able to complete four of his attempted 12 duels (via Sofascore), meaning he was unsuccessful with 66% of those attempted.
Wilson will undoubtedly be frustrated with this, having squandered only his second ever senior match for Liverpool. This appearance comes after his debut all the way back in 2017 (via Transfermarkt). He has since be shipped out on loan four times, but a permanent move could be on the cards this time.
A potential Anfield exit for Wilson
As it stands, the Reds could be looking to cash in on the Wales international. According to Goal, his name is amongst two others to be looking at possible Anfield exits. The report states that Michael Edwards is determined to bank a healthy £50million through the sale of Wilson, Grujic and Rhian Brewster.
With an exit already being mulled over in Klopp’s head, any further errors could only encourage the boss to confirm his departure. Additionally, new signing Diogo Jota could have also edged out Wilson’s chances of breaking into the first team. Even Xherdan Shaqiri appears to be ahead in the pecking order.
If the right offer comes along, it’s unlikely Liverpool will second guess the decision to bid farewell to their former academy starlet.
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