Harry Wilson revealed his determination to make up for lost time after netting both goals for Liverpool U23s in their 2-0 win over West Ham United on Monday.
The 20-year-old completed 90 minutes for the second time since returning from an Achilles injury as Neil Critchley’s table-toppers made it five straight victories in Premier League 2.
Wilson produced two outstanding finishes in the first half and looked sharp as the young Reds produced another excellent display.
After scoring 28 goals for the U23s in 2016-17, Wilson is now eager to build on last season, which included his first-team debut and regular chances to train at Melwood.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “I missed a large chunk of pre-season through injury, which was disappointing for me, and tonight was only my second 90 minutes since May, so for me it’s about getting minutes and getting strong again, and scoring goals.
“Last season was a great one for me and I needed it after missing a large part of the previous year.
“This season is about improving myself as a player and trying to get into the first-team squad, because that’s what I want to do at the end of the day.”
Reflecting on the win over the Hammers, the forward admitted it was important for the team’s confidence to keep their 100 per cent record going.
“We are happy that we have won the game but we are disappointed we didn’t score three, four or five because we had the chances to,” he added.
“I thought in the first half especially we played some great football, got the 2-0 lead and we could have scored a lot more.
“I was a bit disappointed not to get a hat-trick. I had a few chances in the second half, one on my right side and one on my left, but I can’t complain with two goals and a clean sheet.”
With an Anfield outing to come against Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night, Wilson is hoping the U23s can maintain their high standards and give another glimpse of their talents.
He said: “We have started the league season really well. That was only my second league game and the lads had three great wins before that, including a couple away from home, so it gives us a great platform.
“We are confident with the quality we have in the team that when we go forward we can create chances and score goals.”