Welsh youngster Wilson hoping for Liverpool breakthrough

Wilson became Wales' youngest senior international three years ago. Credit: PA

Liverpool player Harry Wilson says the emergence of fellow Welshman Ben Woodburn gives him hope that he can make a similar breakthrough into the first team.

17-year-old Woodburn stole the headlines after becoming the Reds' youngest goalscorer when he found the net against Leeds in the EFL Cup quarter-final on only his second senior appearance.

And Wilson, the club's under-23 captain, knows what it feels like to have the spotlight shine in your direction after he broke Gareth Bale's record to become Wales' youngest senior international three years ago at the age of 16 years and 207 days - but he says the club does well in supporting their young stars.

They protect you really well because you are in the spotlight and everyone wants to talk to you. We do things here like they do at Melwood so if you have to make that step up you know what to do, where to go and how the team works. Every lad has been up to Melwood a few times this season and the training sessions are fairly similar because the way we want to play mirrors the first team so that gets you prepared for what's to come hopefully.

Harry Wilson, Liverpool and Wales
Fellow Welshman Ben Woodburn became Liverpool's youngest ever goalscorer last month. Credit: PA

Ordinarily he too would have hoped to have made his first-team debut by now, but injury towards the end of last season set him back, although he is hopeful of rectifying that soon with his goal tally already in double figures in an impressive season for the reserves.

When you see the amount of players the manager has given debuts it gives you a lot of hope. With how Ben has broken in over the last few weeks and done really well, it proves if you do well you stay in there. We are more or less halfway through the season and I am scoring, assisting and helping the team and I just have to be patient. I feel if I keep doing what I am doing the chance will come for me like the rest of the lads.

Harry Wilson, Liverpool and Wales