Bournemouth defender Steve Cook has backed winger Harry Wilson to return to Liverpool with a claim for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s team after impressing on the south coast.
Wilson has netted seven seven Premier League goals for the Cherries this term, putting him one behind Callum Wilson in the club’s top scoring charts.
The 22-year-old has also assisted two goals and is set to return to Anfield with his future on Merseyside unclear.
Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, however, Bournemouth captain Cook insisted that the Welshman has done more than enough to make his mark in Klopp’s side next term.
“It’s very difficult for me to say what he’s going to do, but I think he’s left himself in a very good position to prove himself that he can play for Liverpool,” Cook said.
“Harry’s done outstandingly. He’s scored great goals for us, works extremely hard and can probably feel a little bit aggrieved to be out the team last Saturday.
“I think he’s been playing really well but that’s obviously the beauty of having a squad, the rotation and whatnot.
“But I think as a player and an individual he’s grown over the season and I think he’s going to have a huge part to play in the rest of the season for us.
“He’s our second top goalscorer, which shows how well he has done with seven goals this season.”
Previous reports have suggested that Klopp is willing to move Wilson on permanently at the end of the season, with the January arrival of Takumi Minamino beginning to push for a bigger role in the team.
“I don’t know his thoughts on what he’s going to do next year,” Cook said when asked if Wilson could make a long-term move to the south coast.
“Hopefully he can produce his best obviously for us now in the last nine games, because he can’t play this week, and maybe he’ll become a Bournemouth player, who knows.”
Liverpool host the Cherries in Premier League action on Saturday looking to respond after a tough spell which has seen them lose three of their last four games.
In other news, Takumi Minamino has expressed his aim to contribute with more goals and assists as he bids for further game time under Klopp.
The January signing from RB Salzburg has made six appearances so far, but has failed to make a telling impact having been handed only one start in that time.