Liverpool's Academy winger Harry Wilson had known less surreal Sunday afternoons.

The bagpipe band in front of him had halted for the third time in 10 minutes so that the rain, nearing biblical proportions, could continue to hammer down upon his head.

The troupe of Chileans in full national attire with bells on their shoes and sombreros on their heads had come to a halt too. That meant the Mexicans behind him and the lads from Brentford in front were also now stationary.

To his left, kids in Manchester United shirts aired their disapproval towards the golden Liverbird that had been stitched onto the chest of his Warrior tracksuit - which was drenched.

To his right, the owner of a house where four different Liverpool tops hung proudly from the windows, beamed him a wide grin and offered a hearty thumbs-up.

Then the bagpipes started up again and the procession moved forward as the cheers from the thousands of onlookers grew louder and the rain continued to tumble from the sky.

The whole welcome parade that kick-started this year's Milk Cup might have phased most youngsters, but Harry had already gone through the whole experience a year ago, when he was 15.

"It was still amazing," he told from the reception of the hotel that will be the Reds' base for the next four days.

"We got to the parade in Coleraine and there were thousands of people there, even though the rain was torrential. They were still stood out and that shows their fantastic commitment.

"We got soaked walking the route, but the fans came out and showed their support, so you have to try and show some support back. We made sure we went out of our way to shake their hands and give the little kids a high-five along the way. That was all about doing our bit to say thanks, really.

"There are so many different nationalities taking part in this tournament and you see that when you go on the parade.

"It's all part of being a footballer - there was a bit of banter with the little kids who were wearing the United shirts and chasing us round, but you've just got to laugh it off and smile really because it's all part of the game.

"But I felt very proud out there and it just makes you realise how big the support is over here for Liverpool."

Harry joined the club's Academy when he was just nine years of age - he was born and raised in Wrexham.

On Monday evening, he watched from the sidelines as the Reds went 3-0 down in the first half of their opening Milk Cup game against County Armagh.

Wilson was introduced shortly after the restart of the second period, and his lightning pace and clever movement pulled the opposition to pieces.

He won a penalty, which the Armagh 'keeper saved from Alex O'Hanlon, and almost inspired a fightback as the Reds narrowly lost 3-2.

For those who have never seen him play, expect to see this youngster ghosting in from the left or right flank and exploiting the gap in between the opposition defence and midfield to devastating effect.

"I play on the wing, left or right. I don't really mind where, as long as I'm on the pitch," he explained. "I like being on the ball and being involved in the play.

"I love getting the ball at my feet in little areas between the midfield and the defence and playing through balls or getting into areas to score goals."

He's already fired three in pre-season, striking twice to inspire the Reds to a comeback against Derby and netting against Birmingham in a 4-1 rout.

"I wanted to start off well in pre-season, try and get in the team and stay there," he said. "So I've started with three goals in two games and hopefully I can keep that going.

"My aim is to stay in the team, keep scoring, create goals and help the team to win."