It’s a very, very good time to be a Liverpool supporter.
The Champions League final may have ended in disappointed for the Reds but the fact that Liverpool made it to Kiev speaks volumes about the development under Jurgen Klopp.
And Klopp and Michael Edwards, the club’s sporting director, have wasted no time in improving the squad to increase the chances of success in the future.
The club have already brought in Fabinho from Monaco, who, like Naby Keita, will officially become a Liverpool player on July 1.
But the incomings have only just started.
News broke on Thursday evening that Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon, with Paul Joyce reporting that the Reds will pay an initial £48.4 million plus a further £4.4m in bonuses for the 24-year-old.
More arrivals are expected and Liverpool are in the race to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City.
KLOPP’S SHAQIRI ALTERNATIVE
Shaqiri has a £12m release clause in his contract and would bolster a pretty slim attacking core at Anfield.
Yet, while the Swiss winger is on Klopp’s radar, he has an alternative option in mind.
The Telegraph have reported that the Liverpool boss wants to give youngster Harry Wilson the incentive to push for a first-team place, and so isn’t ready to make Shaqiri a priority.
Wilson spent the second half of last season out on loan at Hull City, where he scored seven goals in 14 appearances.
And Liverpool fans are delighted that Klopp is prepared to give him a chance.
YESS HARRY WILSON THIS GETS BETTER AND BETTER https://t.co/EBqkfU0Yu4
— 🧢 (@jaiFTBL) June 7, 2018
Good idea Harry Wilson was tearing up the championship
— Ash (@ashk2000) June 7, 2018
The Liverpool Echo recently conducted a poll in which they found that 77.3 per cent of supporters want Wilson to be given an opportunity in the first team next season.
Glad to hear this….guys like Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn need to be kept around the 1st team squad…and encouraged.
— pauric farry (@FarryPauric) June 7, 2018
Great news about Harry wilson
— Nicholas Syddall (@NSyddall) June 7, 2018
The 21-year-old is now ready to show Klopp that he’s ready to make the step up now.
“That was why I wanted to go out on loan, to prove to people I can do it at that level, and I think I managed to do that,” the Welshman told Liverpool’s website last month.
“It was good for me, it’s given me a lot of confidence, so I’m looking forward to getting back here for pre-season now.
“[It’s] massive. I want to get back here, get in the manager’s eye, hopefully do well and then see what happens.”
This summer is going to be huge for Wilson, that’s for sure.