Confirmation of a deal to bring Dominic Solanke to Liverpool will have triggered Reds fans to now turn a watchful eye towards England’s U20 World Cup campaign.
The striker is currently competing for his country in South Korea where he recently helped his side to a 2-1 win over Costa Rica to reach the quarter-finals.
It was a useful first look at Liverpool’s newest striker for those who didn’t quite know much about the former Chelsea youngster.
Though it was far from his most dazzling performance, it proved to be an insightful exhibition of the traits and characteristics that seemingly impressed Jurgen Klopp. Solanke was rarely missing from the action with his unselfish movement and work ethic making him a constant available option to his teammates.
His display showcased an interchanging designed to make him an ideal fit to Klopp’s set up and an obvious tendency to operate in deeper positions as well as wider areas that fits Liverpool’s need for versatility.
Not only does his height and power make him a target man and a forward equipped to hold up the play, but he possesses a pace and touch that allows him to stretch defences and feature as a technician. A lack of conviction in front of goal on the night aside, Solanke didn’t fail to demonstrates the kind of qualities that will have drawn Klopp into taking a chance on him. He’s brave, an aerial presence and committed to linking up the play and getting himself on the ball as often as he can.
He played a part in both goals as well, firstly operating in a deeper area before feeding Jonjoe Kenny who crossed to set up Ademola Lookman for England’s opener, and secondly winning a header to set up the counterattack that led to Lookman doubling his tally.
Here’s are his highlights from his most recent outing…