Danny Wilson determined to be Liverpool legend like Kenny Dalglish

22 July 2010 01:04
New signing Danny Wilson is determined to follow in the footsteps of Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish after swapping Glasgow for Anfield.

The 18-year-old joined the Reds from Rangers this week in a deal worth up to £5milion - 33 years after King Kenny left Celtic for Merseyside.

Wilson is believed to have been tracked by Anfield academy ambassador Dalglish last season and the teenager said: 'Kenny Dalglish is one of the best players Scotland has ever produced and, as a Scotsman, to come to a club where he played and did so well is a great thing.

Mersey paradise: Wilson with the Liverpool jersey after his arrival in the city

'I spoke to him after I signed and he wished me the best of luck. 'He is a legend in Scotland and I hope to follow in his footsteps and have some success like he had here.'

Manager Roy Hodgson hopes his new recruit is just the first of many 'exceptional' young players he will be able to bring to the club.

While the focus, naturally, has been on assessing the strengths of the first team, bringing in players of the quality of Joe Cole and working to secure the commitment of senior players, Hodgson is well aware he has to have one eye on the future.

Wilson fits into the latter category, having yesterday signed a three-year contract after Liverpool agreed an initial £2m deal with a further £3m in add-ons.

Great Scot: King Kenny Dalglish remains a hero to the Liverpool faithful

Hodgson has been working with a mainly reserve side at the club's Switzerland training camp because of delayed holidays for those players involved at the World Cup and so has seen first hand Liverpool's potential up-and-coming stars.

His first match in charge saw a team with only three first-team regulars - Lucas Leiva, Alberto Aquilani and David Ngog - draw 0-0 with Grasshoppers.

'In tandem with what we're doing with the first team, we've got to have our eyes and ears alert to any young talent that could be future stars,' said the Reds boss.

'The earlier we get them into the club the better. Against Grasshoppers we saw young players like Nathan Eccleston and David Amoo, young players who showed they've got exceptional talent.

'We need more players of that type of quality. Danny Wilson is certainly one and I'm very pleased we've brought him into the club.'

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Source: Daily_Mail