Birthdate: 9 May 1993
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Other clubs: Derby County (loan, 2013-14), West Bromwich Albion (loan, 2014-15)
Bought from: Bradford City (youth)
Signed for LFC: 24.01.2008
International caps: U-21 7/0
Liverpool debut: 20.09.2012
Last appearance: 16.09.2013
Debut goal: 20.09.2012
Last goal: 20.09.2012
Contract expiry: Signed 09.01.2013
Win ratio: 54.55% W: 12 D: 7 L: 3
LFC league games/goals: 14 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 22 / 1
Wisdom was born in Leeds but it was Bradford City who spotted his potential in local junior football and invited him to join their youth set-up. It wasn't long before bigger clubs were showing an interest in the defender and Liverpool made their move in January 2008 when Wisdom was still only fourteen-years-old. The fee that Liverpool paid was undisclosed but it is believed that Bradford City were properly compensated for losing one of their outstanding young players and that further amounts will be paid linked to his progress. The Yorkshire club were sorry to see him leave but their joint-chairman said at the time, "It's evidence that we've started to produce good youth. This time three years ago it wouldn't have happened so we must be doing something right. Clubs are looking round all over for talent and they've seen what we are producing here. Andre wanted to move on and it's a great chance for the lad so we couldn't hold him back but if he doesn't make it at Liverpool he's said he will return."
Gary Ablett was so impressed with what Wisdom had to offer that he picked him in a squad for a reserve match soon after the youngster’s fifteenth birthday. Although officially an Under-16 player, Wisdom became a regular for the Under-18s and was an important part of the team that reached the FA Youth Cup Final in 2009, only to lose to Arsenal over two legs. He proved his versatility during this period of his development, being as comfortable at full-back as he was as a central defender. Wisdom was also being closely watched by the England staff. He won the Victory Shield with England’s Under-16 team in 2008 and took part in the Under-17 European championships in Liechtenstein in May 2010. England reached the final to face Spain. Midway through the first half a shot deflected into the England net off young Wisdom but he recovered his composure immediately, so much so that eight minutes later he strode upfield to head the equalising goal from a corner. A couple of minutes before half-time Conor Wickham guaranteed England’s first age-group title since 1993, the cup being collected by Conor Coady, Wisdom's captain at their club as well as at international level.
Incoming manager Roy Hodgson was quickly aware that he had a very promising player available to him and Wisdom was allocated the Number 47 shirt in his first-team squad. Wisdom's reward for his progress was a place on the bench in the club's final Premier League match of the season at Aston Villa in May 2011. Yet Wisdom didn't figure in a senior matchday squad in 2011/12. Martin's Kelly injury early on in the 2012/13 season opened the first-team door for Wisdom under new boss Brendan Rodgers and he has had little problems adapting so far. He is strong and quick, has good heading ability and is a massive physical presence. He signed a new long-term contract for the club in January 2013.
Wisdom started nineteen matches for Liverpool's first team in 2012/13 but most of those came in the first half of the season. He scored on his debut against Young Boys of Bern in the Europa League in September, a powerful header direct from a corner that restored Liverpool's lead at 2-1. He was named in the match-day squads for six of the last eleven matches of the season, which suggests that he is still very much in his manager's thoughts. Two days after helping Liverpool to defeat defending League champions Manchester United at Anfield on 1 September 2013, Wisdom was named as captain of England's Under-21 team by incoming manager Gareth Southgate, who had replaced Stuart Pearce in that position. The 20-year-old joined the Rams in October on a temporary deal. Before this transaction took place Rodgers revealed he would have loaned him earlier if it had not been for the injury to Glen Johnson, who is now back in action.
Wisdom was a big success at Derby. He played in 34 matches during the regular Championship season plus both the play-off semi-final matches against Brighton which Derby won 6-2 on aggregate to qualify for the play-off final against Queens Park Rangers. Wisdom also played for Derby against Chelsea in the FA Cup. He celebrated his 21st birthday shortly before the end of the season. He featured in the Championship play-off final at Wembley against Queens Park Rangers on 24 May 2014. But it was the London club that reached the Premier League with a last-minute goal so Wisdom's time with Derby ended in great disappointment. Although Wisdom was named in Liverpool's large squad that was due to travel to the United States for pre-season training and matches, as Liverpool prepared for the first of those matches in Boston it was announced that the defender would be spending the 2014/15 season on loan at Premier League club West Bromwich Albion.
Wisdom played in 24 of Albion's 38 Premier League matches in 2014/15. He also appeared once in the FA Cup and once in the Football League Cup,