Liverpool have recalled forward Harry Wilson from his six-month loan spell at League One side Crewe Alexandra. The 18-year-old was due to spend the remainder of the year with the Railwaymen but after making just a handful of appearances in the third tier, he will return to Anfield.
Wilson made just three starts for Crewe after joining the club in August and his limited opportunities mean he will likely be sent out on a second loan spell during the upcoming January window. The Wales international's last appearance came in the 3-2 win at Colchester United on 24 November, being subsequently dragged off after 56 minutes.
The return for Wilson was all but confirmed by his participation for the Liverpool Under-21's in the defeat to Manchester United on 30 November. The Wrexham-born teenager played the full 90 minutes as the Reds were defeated but it is yet to be seen whether his opportunities will improve.
"He's an exciting player, he showed glimpses of quality last night and he will get his chance so it's up to him to take it," Crewe boss Steve Davis said of the Liverpool youngster, according to the Crewe Chronicle. "When he's been given his opportunity, he hasn't quite done enough to stay in the team. But like any young player coming in to a team, it's difficult and it can take a while to find your feet and keep your place."
A Crewe statement added: "Everyone at Crewe Alexandra would like to thank Harry for his contribution and wish him every success for the future." The Alex are currently languished near the foot of the League One table, one point off the bottom after just five wins in their 20 matches.
The move represents Jurgen Klopp's first advance in the transfer market since succeeding Brendan Rodgers in October. The German boss met with a handful of Liverpool's loan players during the recent international break as he continues to adapt to his new surroundings on Merseyside.