Danny Wilson has been on the outside looking in for much of Liverpool's 2011-12 season, but he will soon get the playing time he craves. The 20-year-old defender has joined Blackpool on loan through the end of the season, according to the BBC.
Blackpool is currently seventh in the Championship, and has its sights set on a place in the promotion playoffs. It will look to Wilson to bolster its defense and ensure a swift return to the Premier League after last season's relegation.
Blackpool reportedly sought to secure a loan deal for Wilson in October, but finally got its man when the winter transfer window opened on Jan. 1.
Wilson joined Liverpool in the summer of summer of 2010 for £5 million ($7.8 million) from Glasgow Rangers. He made eight appearances for the Reds last season, but has only appeared once — the Carling Cup victory over Exeter City in August — this season.
With Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Sebastian Coates ahead of him in the pecking order, it was unlikely Wilson would play many games (if at all) between January and June.
The loan deal should see Wilson play regularly for Blackpool and should figure in the Scotland squad when it is named ahead of its game at Slovenia on Feb. 29. When he returns to Liverpool in the summer, the left-footed central defender will be better-positioned to break into the first team.
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