Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson reveals the secret to his incredible free-kick technique – he’s been studying Lionel Messi!

31 Aug

Liverpool’s young winger Harry Wilson has revealed he has been studying Lionel Messi to perfect his free-kicks and long-range strikes.

The 22-year-old Welshman joined Bournemouth on loan for the season earlier this summer and already had two goals in two games for the Cherries.

Harry Wilson’s stunning free-kick against Manchester City was his 11th goal from outside the area since last term, more than any other player in England
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He opened his account with a deflected long-range effort in their opening weekend win over Aston Villa, and then scored a stunning 25-yard free-kick in last weekend’s defeat to Manchester City.

Wilson earned a reputation for the spectacular during his brilliant campaign with Derby County last term, which also saw him score a brilliant free-kick against his parent club’s arch rivals Manchester United in the EFL Cup.

And the stats support that reputation – the Liverpool starlet has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in England since start of last season.

And it appears Barcelona icon Messi has been the inspiration for his superb dead ball striking.

“It is something I have always tried to practise,” said Wilson ahead of Bournemouth’s trip to Leicester City on Saturday.

“When the game is tight or you are not getting many chances it can give you a free shot.

“As I have got older Messi is the player I have always tried to look up to and his free-kick record in recent years has been absolutely unbelievable.

Wilson has studied Argentine maestro Lionel Messi and it’s working wonders on the pitch
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“I watch him but he is more a curler technique.

“The one against City was a bit further out so I tried to both to get a bit of power and a bit of whip on it.

“I just try and practise from different areas and try and perfect that.”

Wilson showed off his amazing eye for a long-range strike during his loan in the Championship with Derby last season, where he managed 18 goals and six assists in 49 games.

But the young Wales international says he has had to adapt his technique this season after making the step up to the Premier League – due to the different balls used in the top flight.

He explained: “I have had to change my technique a little bit because the mitre balls compared to the Premier League balls are different.

“I can’t quite get the movement I like to get on them so I have tried to change it up during pre-season and the start of the season.

“To see the one fly in on Sunday makes the practise worthwhile.”

Harry Wilson has quickly made his mark at Bournemouth and Liverpool fans are keen to see him in a Reds shirt in the future
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Only five teams managed fewer goals from outside the penalty area than Bournemouth last season.

It’s a statistic Wilson is keen to put right, and he is surely the perfect man for the job.

Wilson, the youngest player to net in his first two Premier League appearances since Anthony Martial in 2015, said: “It is something I will try and bring to the team.

“We know we have got great finishers in and around the box but if I can bring a few goals from outside, that is just going to bode well.”

Harry Wilson: Liverpool loanee has scored more goals outside box since start of last season than any player in England

26 Aug

Harry Wilson has continued where he left off last season, notching two goals in as many games for Bournemouth already this campaign.

The Wales international, who is at the Vitality Stadium for the duration of the 2019/20 campaign, has now scored more goals from outside the box since the start of last season than any player after his stunning free-kick against Manchester City on Sunday.

Harry Wilson’s stunning free-kick against Manchester City was his 11th goal from outside the area since last term, more than any other player in England
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The youngster, loaned out by Liverpool for a second successive season, curled a sumptuous set piece into the top corner, beating Ederson on the keeper’s side.

It now means that Wilson, 22, has scored 11 goals from outside the box since last term, more than any other player in England.

His four league goals from direct free-kicks in the same period of time is also the most of any player in the Premier League or Championship.

The omens look good for Wilson on the south coast, following up his debut goal in a 2-1 win at Aston Vila last weekend with another fine effort against Pep Guardiola’s men.

 

While the former Derby loanee continues to progress away from Anfield, some Liverpool fans took to social media on Sunday to question Jurgen Klopp’s decision to loan the youngster out.

One fan posted: “Why did we loan out Harry Wilson?!”

And another added: “Harry Wilson needs to be recalled to Liverpool.”

One thing is for sure… the future is bright for Harry Wilson.

Liverpool transfer news: Harry Wilson completes season-long loan move to Premier League rivals Bournemouth

6 Aug

Bournemouth have signed Wales winger Harry Wilson on a season-long loan from Liverpool.

The 22-year-old becomes Eddie Howe’s fifth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Lloyd Kelly, Jack Stacey, Philip Billing and Arnaut Danjuma.

Harry Wilson, middle, has featured for Liverpool in pre-season
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Following previous spells with Crewe and Hull, Wilson spent last season on loan at Derby where he scored 17 times in 46 appearances as the Rams reached the Sky Bet Championship play-off final.

Wilson said he was excited to now get his chance in the Premier League.

“It’s great to be here, great to finally get everything sorted and I can’t wait to meet all the staff and the lads,” Wilson said on the club’s website.

Wilson was outstanding on loan at Derby last season
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“When Liverpool informed me it was a possibility to come here I was keen to get it sorted. I want to play Premier League football and with a great team like Bournemouth.

“With the style of play that Bournemouth are likely to play, I feel that I can fit right in and help the team a lot.”

 

Liverpool transfer news: Harry Wilson to join Bournemouth on loan and ‘promised regular playing time by Eddie Howe’

6 Aug

Liverpool starlet Harry Wilson will get his chance to shine in the Premier League by joining Bournemouth on loan – where he has been ‘promised regular playing time’ by manager Eddie Howe.

According to talkSPORT sources, the 22-year-old has completed his medical with the Cherries and is expected to join the club before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Wilson has faced an uncertain summer following his brilliant campaign on loan under Frank Lampard at Derby County, where he made 49 appearances, scoring 18 goals and providing eight assists.

Wilson was on fire for Derby last season and scored a memorable screamer against Manchester United in the EFL Cup
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Liverpool fans have been calling for the 22-year-old Wales international to finally get his chance in a Reds shirt this season and he has featured regularly during the club’s pre-season preparations.

However, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino currently blocking his path to the first team, the Reds have decided to give the youngster more experience.

But he will at least be promoted to Premier League football this term, with Wilson set to join Bournemouth on a season-long loan deal.

And there will no option to buy, with Liverpool keen to keep hold of the promising Welsh ace.

That’s according to talkSPORT’s man on the south coast, Alex Crook, who told Jim White on Tuesday: “It is my understanding Bournemouth are about to complete their summer business with the signing of Harry Wilson on loan from Liverpool.

“He’s been in Bournemouth overnight, he’s completed his medial and it’s going to be a loan signing which will be announced either today or tomorrow.

“What’s interesting is, this deal has changed over the course of the last 24 hours.

“Yesterday there was to be an obligation to buy for Bournemouth, but that’s been removed from the deal; I don’t know if that’s by Liverpool or Bournemouth, but it will now be a straight loan deal, a season-long loan.

“My understanding is there were quite a few Premier League clubs interested in him, as there would be after scoring 15 [league] goals for derby last season.

“But the key to the deal – he’s been promised regular playing time by Eddie Howe. He’s going to have a central role from the start of the season.

Harry Wilson is highly rated at Liverpool but the club want him to continue gaining experience instead of sitting on the bench
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“David Brooks is out for three months, so Wilson is going to go straight into the team and he may even start against Sheffield United on Saturday.

“It’s a chance for him to showcase his skills in the Premier League because at the moment he’s only proven at Championship level.”

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Transfer news and football gossip: Man United target Maguire alternative, Liverpool ace linked with £25m move, Arsenal ‘close’ to Tierney deal

31 Jul

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s papers and online…

Teddy Sheringham has urged former Manchester United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sell 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba – FULL STORY

Manchester United’s pursuit of Harry Maguire is expected to go to the wire with Leicester City refusing to budge on thier £90m valuation, with eight days of the transfer window remaining. (Daily Telegraph)

However, it is claimed United are also considering a move for Barcelona and France centre-back Samuel Umtiti as an alternative to England international Maguire. (Le10 Sport)

Arsenal are close to agreeing a deal for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney after restructuring their £25m offer for the 22-year-old. (Daily Mail)

Man United have been linked with an interest in Samuel Umtiti for months – and he’s much cheaper than £90m-rated Maguire
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Monaco have contacted the Gunners over a possible £27m deal for centre-back Shkodran Mustafi. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal and Rennes chiefs have also held talks in London over a deal for wantaway Laurent Koscielny. (Daily Star)

Bournemouth are in line to bid up to £25m for Liverpool and Wales winger Harry Wilson. (The Sun)


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Liverpool winger Ryan Kent’s representatives still expect to secure a loan move for the 22-year-old, with Rangers still interested. (Daily Record)

Everton want to bring another four players to Goodison Park before the transfer window ends. The Toffees are reportedly closing in on Juventus striker Moise Keane and are also set to bid £40m for Barcelona forward Malcolm. (Daily Mail)

Everton also want to sign Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori – voted player of the season at Derby last season – on loan if they fail to bring Kurt Zouma back at Merseyside. (The Sun)

Liverpool could cash in on Harry Wilson after his impressive season on loan at Derby
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Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had admitted he does not know why manager Niko Kovac said the club were confident of signing Manchester City winger Leroy Sane. (Bild)

Paris Saint-Germain have vetoed Barcelona’s move to re-sign Brazil star Neymar. (Marca)

Newcastle and West Brom are keeping tabs on Wolves defender Conor Coady. (The Sun)

Inter Milan and Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 26, could be heading to Napoli in an €80m (£73m) deal. (Corriere dello Sport)

Wolves captain Conor Coady turned heads with his performance in a recent pre-season victory over Manchester City
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Crystal Palace have made a bid of about £14m for CSKA Moscow and Russia’s 21-year-old striker Fedor Chalov. (Sky Sports)

Newcastle have had a £4.5m bid for Amiens and Sweden’s 24-year-old right-back Emil Krafth rejected. (The Sun)

Newcastle and England Under-21 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is a target for Celtic and Arsenal, plus two unnamed Championship clubs. (Chronicle)

Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said he will return to management when the right opportunity arises. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool suffer pre-season defeat to Borussia Dortmund but Rhian Brewster, Harry Wilson and Rangers target Ryan Kent star

20 Jul

Liverpool’s pre-season preparations have been dealt a blow after being beaten 3-2 by Borussia Dortmund in their first match of a tour of the US.

In stifling conditions at the Notre Dame stadium in Indiana, the Champions League holders faced the Bundesliga runners-up in what Jurgen Klopp had called ‘the first proper test’ of his side’s pre-season.

Harry Wilson opened the scoring for Liverpool
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Missing veterans Roberto Firmino, Alisson, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane due to the Copa America and African Cup of Nations, Liverpool were hurt by a sloppy defence and Dortmund wasted no time in finding the net courtesy of a close-range strike from Paco Alcacer after just three minutes.

Harry Wilson found the net in the 35th minute to draw level but Dortmund scored two quick goals after the break.

Thomas Delaney made it 2-1 eight minutes into the second half with an easy tap-in and Jacob Bruun Larsen extended the lead after finding the bottom corner in the 58th minute.

Rhian Brewster converted a penalty in the 75th minute after Ben Woodburn was brought down in the box but the Reds could not find the equaliser in the closing stages in front of the 40,361-strong crowd.

Rhian Brewster continued his good pre-season form
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Virgil van Dijk was back at the heart of Liverpool’s defence
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Klopp had featured many of the younger players in his starting line-up but handed Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum their first summer match action after making 10 changes on the hour mark.

Liverpool will continue their pre-season tour with at Boston’s Fenway Park against Sevilla on Sunday.

Liverpool team news: Predicted Reds XI to face Tranmere in pre-season opener

11 Jul

Liverpool take on Tranmere in their pre-season opener on Thursday night.

Jurgen Klopp will be without a number of his first-teamers as they are expected back later on this month.

Simon Mignolet could be called upon given Liverpool’s shortage of fit and available goalkeepers
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Sadio Mane is currently with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Roberto Firmino and Alisson are on holiday following Brazil’s Copa America triumph.

Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gini Wijnaldum played in the Nations League last month and are still away.

Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita are also abroad after their countries, Egypt and Guinea respectively, were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations.

It leaves Klopp short of options, but gives a chance for the club’s youngsters to impress.

“These boys are our future if they want to be our future. That’s how it is because for that they need to take all the steps,” Klopp said.

Jurgen Klopp will be without star defender Virgil van Dijk
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“A lot of them will be part of the US tour, we have to use that because of the number of games we play. We need all of them and that’s nice.

“Only as an example, Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel; our offensive line that played last year is coming pretty late in joining us in the pre-season, so we have to be creative system-wise and all that stuff, but there will be moments when they have to play.

“Not only at Tranmere or whatever, but in America as well when we play Borussia Dortmund and all the other guys.

“So, it’s good and it’s always like this; when you are already in the club, then the door is always open for you to the first-team.”

Harry Wilson could be thrown in from the start
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Simon Mignolet, who has been linked with a move away from Liverpool after playing second fiddle to Alisson last season, is expected to start in goal but new signing Sepp van den Berg will be absent as he is still waiting on his FIFA clearance to come through.

Nathaniel Clyne, another player who could leave after spending the second half of last season on loan at Bournemouth, could feature at right-back with Joe Gomez, 17-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever and James Milner possibly making up the rest of the defence.

Fabinho is likely to anchor the midfield with fit-again Adam Lallana and exciting youngster Curtis Jones playing further ahead.

Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out with a calf injury, and with Mane, Firmino and Salah away, it gives Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent and Rhian Brewster a chance to impress.

Wilson and Kent thrived in loan spells with Derby and Rangers, respectively, last term, while Klopp has confirmed Brewster will be part of his first-team plans for the upcoming campaign.

How Liverpool’s starting XI could look against Tranmere

Is this how Liverpool could start against Tranmere?
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Transfer news and football gossip: Man United to give De Gea £20m to LEAVE, Chelsea target £80m starlet, Liverpool wingers approached by Leeds

10 Jun

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s papers and online…

In-demand Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt says Cristiano Ronaldo asked him if he would join Juventus next season following Portugal’s Nations League victory over the Netherlands. (NOS)

Manchester United will have to give David de Gea a £20m golden handshake if the goalkeeper signs for Paris Saint-Germain this summer rather than leaving at the end of his contract next year. And United have been linked with an interest in Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris as a replacement for their Spanish No.1. (The Sun)

The Red Devils have begun drawing up a list of potential replacements for Paul Pogba, with Spurs’ Christian Eriksen and Monaco’s Youri Tielemans being considered. (Evening Standard)

Meanwhile, the Red Devils have had a £40m bid Aaron Wan-Bissaka rejected by Crystal Palace, who apparently want closer to £60m for the 21-year-old. (Sky Sports)

Benfica’s president has conceded Joao Felix could leave the club this summer, amid strong interest in the midfielder from Man United and Man City.(Metro)

City have reportedly offered the 19-year-old Portuguese wonderkid a contract worth £26m. (Record)

David Silva will get a Manchester City testimonial match next year. The Spain playmaker’s contract at the Etihad Stadium expires next year and he then wants to end his career at Las Palmas in his native Gran Canaria. (The Sun)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has held talks with PSG right-back Thomas Meunier over a possible move this summer. (Daily Express)

Arsenal are interested in Fiorentina’sJordan Veretout, 26, but the former France Under-21 midfielder is already in talks with Napoli. (L’Equipe – in French)

Arsenal want to sign Saint Etienne’s French defender William Saliba, 18, but the Ligue 1 side would want to loan him back next season. (Football.London)

Leeds United have made approaches for Liverpool wingers Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent, both 22. (Football Insider)

Chelsea have revived their interest in 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, 21, but must wait to see if their transfer ban is overturned before making a move. (Daily Mail)

Playing staff at Chelsea hope Derby’s Frank Lampard becomes their next manager. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are preparing a bid for Fulham’s 19-year-old winger Ryan Sessegnon. (Football.London)

Fulham and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is a target for West Ham. (Daily Mail)

The Hammers are also in talks to sign Marseille’sFrance Under-21 midfielder Morgan Sanson, 24. (Sky Sports)

West Ham are prepared to do battle with Arsenal and Tottenham for the signature of Atalanta and Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie. The 22-year-old has been on loan at AC Milan since 2017. (Express)

Newcastle and Southampton have made bids for 21-year-old Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta. (L’Equipe)

Stokewant £23m if they are to sell England goalkeeper Jack Butland. (The Sun)

 

Liverpool transfer news: Harry Wilson will be allowed to leave for £21m – with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard keen

9 Jun

Liverpool have slapped a £21million price tag on starlet Harry Wilson.

The 22-year-old shone on loan at Derby County last season, but it seems his parent club are happy to let him leave on a permanent deal this summer.

Wilson was desperate to stake his claim at Anfield, but it appears his chances will be limited, with the new European champions considering cashing in after his performances in the Championship last season.

Harry Wilson could be allowed to leave Anfield for £21million
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According to the Daily Mirror, several Bundesliga sides are interested in his signature – with Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig leading the race for his signature in Germany.

There is also interest from Spain, with LaLiga sides Valencia and Getafe tracking the Wales international  alongside a host of Premier League clubs – including Leicester and newly-promoted play-off final winners Aston Villa.

And in Scotland, Reds legend Steven Gerrard is a confirmed fan and would be happy to take the winger to Rangers.

Wilson played 49 times for Derby last season scoring 18 goals as well as several assists on the way to their Wembley defeat by Villa.

Wilson was just 16 when he was given a call-up to play for Wales back in 2013
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Klopp spoke about Wilson last season, ahead of the January transfer window.

“I’m really happy about what Harry is doing. It’s fantastic. It’s a perfect example for it sometimes being really good to leave home to show up somewhere else,” he said.

“I really think Harry left in the right moment. Since I was in everybody told me Harry Wilson needed to go on loan. He scored a lot of goals for the U23s already. He went last year to Hull, he was already good. He came back, pre-season was pre-season, and he went to Derby and now he is with Frank [Lampard].”

Transfer news and football gossip: Harry Wilson wants to quit Liverpool, Arsenal target PSG star, Man United backed to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka

29 May

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online…

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is willing to take a pay-cut to secure a move to Inter Milan this summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the club he wants to get rid of any unwanted players by 2020 as part of his rebuild at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

Man United legend Gary Neville has backed the club’s pursuit of Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. (London Evening Standard)

Liverpool winger Harry Wilson has decided to leave Anfield for regular first-team football elsewhere after his loan spell at Derby County. The 22-year-old Welsh youngster is wanted by clubs from the Premier League, Bundesliga and LaLiga. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Southampton and Brighton are among the top flight clubs competing to sign Wilson this summer. (Daily Star)

Wilson has enjoyed the best season of his short career on loan at Derby, scoring 18 goals
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Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to sign Belgian full-back Thomas Meunier, 27, from former club Paris Saint-Germain. (France Football)

‘Invincibles’ legend Lauren has told the Gunners to beat Man United to the signing of Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba. (Daily Star)

Tottenham have made a £53m bid for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso but the Spanish club are demanding the £88m release clause is met. (Daily Mail)

Spurs right-back Kieran Trippier has been ruled out of a move to Napoli after Serie A side switched their targets to younger players. (The Sun)

Declan Rice has talked down the prospect of leaving West Ham this summer but admitted that his long-term sights are on Champions League football. (Daily Mail)

Hammers midfielder Edimilson Fernandes is set for an £8m move to Bundesliga side Mainz. (The Sun)

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Newcastle United have made contact with Benfica over a move for Greece international goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos. The 25-year-old is reportedly valued at €15m (£13.2m). (O Jogo)

Barcelona have offer Philippe Coutinho or Ousmane Dembele to PSG in a part exchange deal to re-sign Brazil superstar Neymar. (Record)

Former Liverpool star and current reported Chelsea target Coutinho issued a transfer request to Barcelona three months ago. (Daily Star)

Atletico Madrid will look to sign PSG striker Edinson Cavani this summer as their replacement for Diego Costa. (Cadena Ser)

Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has signed a deal to become Inter Milan boss to 2022. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Barcelona have decided to stick with Ernesto Valverde as manager for next season, despite reports the Spaniard was facing the sack and a host of top bosses being linked with the Nou Camp job. (Marca)