Birthdate: 27 December 1991
Birthplace: Livingston, Scotland
Other clubs: Rangers (2008-10), Blackpool (loan 2012), Bristol City (loan 2012), Hearts (loan 2013), Hearts (2013-)
Bought from: Rangers
Signed for LFC: £2m, 21.07.2010
International debut: 16.11.2010 vs. Faroe Islands
International caps: 4/1 - 27.03.2011
Liverpool debut: 22.09.2010
Last appearance: 24.08.2011
Contract expiry: 2013
Win ratio: 22.22% W: 2 D: 4 L: 3
LFC league games/goals: 2 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 9 / 0
"Liverpool can't win the League without a Scotsman in their side." Reds have heard that quite often, but the thing is... it's the God's honest truth. Liverpool have always had great Scottish influence in their side from the Team of Macs in 1892 to Alex Raisbeck, who was Liverpool's captain when the Reds won their first two championships in 1901 and 1906. Jock McNab and Donald Mackinlay were the mainstay of Liverpool's defence in the side that won two years in a row in the 20's. Billy Liddell was Liverpool's most dangerous weapon in 1947 and Bill Shankly based his championship teams on Ian St John and Ron Yeats. The holy trinity of Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Alan Hansen achieved unparallel success in the club's history from the late 70's all the way to Liverpool's latest championship in 1990.
With just a single season of professional football behind him, Wilson became Liverpool’s fourth acquisition during the summer of 2010 when he left Glasgow Rangers and signed a three-year deal with Liverpool for £2 million, a figure that has the potential to rise to £5 million due to ‘add-ons’ in the contract. The defender came through the youth system at Rangers, was captain of their Under-19 team and tipped to have a big future in the game before he had even made the professional debut that eventually came in a Scottish League Cup tie against Dundee in October 2009. Wilson became the youngest-ever player to represent Rangers in the Champions League when he was handed a start in an away match at Unirea Urziceni a month later. Wilson made 24 first-team appearances for the Glasgow club in 2009/10, scoring once in a victory over Hearts in Edinburgh. Despite his youth and comparative inexperience, he not only won the Young Player of the Year award voted for by Rangers’ supporters but was also crowned as Young Player of the Year by both the Scottish Football Writers’ Association and the Scottish Professional Footballers’ Association. He also won the Scottish Premier League and Co-operative Insurance Cup with Rangers. Not bad for a first season! Wilson couldn't believe how the season had developed. "I’ve already admitted I would have been happy with just one appearance this season. But I’ve played 24 matches, two of them being Champions League appearances as well as making my Old Firm debut so I really couldn’t have asked for any more." Wilson's reputation was growing, becoming renowned for his reading of the game and excellent passes out of defence.
The 18-year-old was offered the biggest ever financial deal for a player in his age group at Ibrox, £12,000 a week, a considerable rise from £700 a year previously, upon signing a new contract at Rangers which had only one year left. Rangers were reluctant to let WIlson go who moved south to England with his career still in its infancy. Wilson couldn't resist Liverpool's offer. "There were other clubs interested in me who are in the Champions League, but once Liverpool came in for me there was only one team I wanted to go to." Four months later Wilson made his debut for Scotland's senior squad in a friendly at Aberdeen's Pittodrie stadium against the Faroe Islands. He started the match and scored the opening goal in a 3-0 victory. Wilson would have no doubt hoped to play in Liverpool's first team more than the eight appearances he managed in his first season; two in the Premier League, five in the Europa League and 1 in the League Cup. Unfortunately for him he was involved way less in his second season.
Centre-half Wilson was said to be a very mature player but it has quickly become evident that he has a lot to learn before he is ready for a regular place in Liverpool's first team. The presence of Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger will keep him out of the first 11 and most of the games he has featured in has been in the unfamiliar role of left-back. The Daily Record sports journalist, Gordon Parks, reckoned when Wilson moved to Liverpool that he had "the potential to become the outstanding young Scottish defender of his generation." However, he also added: "He may take time to find his way at Liverpool but the fans will see a youngster of genuine class. They will appreciate his ability to use the ball from the back which is a trademark of the Liverpool style." Of course Wilson needs to feature regularly to develop and he was loaned out to Championship club Blackpool on 31 December 2011 where he made only four League appearances plus a further four in the FA Cup. On 22 November 2012 Wilson joined Championship club Bristol City on a two-month emergency loan. On 18 January 2013 Wilson moved, again on loan, to Edinburgh club Hearts for the remainder of the 2012/13 season.
Wilson impressed on loan at Hearts and at the end of the 2012/13 season, with his contract at Liverpool having expired, he signed a three-year contract to remain at the Edinburgh club. The Scottish Premier League initially refused to ratify this contract because the Edinburgh club was in administration and therefore barred from signing new players. But this decision was rescinded at the end of June 2013, leaving Wilson free to sign a permanent deal with Hearts.