HARRY Wilson believes he can be the next youngster to make his first team breakthrough at Liverpool.
Trent Alexander-Arnold became the third academy graduate to make his Premier League debut this season during Wednesday night’s 3-0 win over Middlesbrough, following in the footsteps of Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn.
And Wilson, captain of Liverpool’s under-23 side, is using those who have made the step up as inspiration to do the same.
The 19-year-old said: “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.”
The academy is prospering under the current set-up, with increased emphasis on creating a clear path to the first team.
And Wilson believes everything is in place at The Academy to manage the expectations of youngsters making the breakthrough.
He added: “Not only preparing you for it, once it has happened I think they are really good in that aspect.
“You’ve just scored for Liverpool and I bet the internet just blows up, but 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.”
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