Dominic Solanke cannot wait to work and train under Jurgen Klopp, but has let the German know that he’s best utilised as a no.9!
The teenager was unveiled yesterday following his summer move from Chelsea and will play a big part of the pre-season friendlies.
Solanke is fresh off the back of winning the Under-20 World Cup Golden Boot, having fired England to tournament victory last month.
For this reason, he wants to be a striker for Liverpool, but admits his versatility allows him to play anywhere across the frontline.
“My favourite position would probably be the striker, number nine, but I can play behind the striker as a 10 or out wide so I think I’m quite versatile,” Solanke told the Echo.
“(I’m) so excited. Every time I’ve seen him [Klopp] so he’s always so enthusiastic and passionate so I think that’s what you need as a manager so I’m really looking forward to working with him. As a young player you just want to reach your full potential so to have good players around you and a good manager to help that will be really good.
“I just want to make an impact really. Hopefully when I get my opportunity I can take it and help the team.”
Solanke has to battle Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings for what’s likely going to be just one spot up front – so we’re not expecting to see much of the prodigy early on this coming season.
If he can impress for the Under-23s though, hopefully an opportunity will arise – as he’s clearly an outstanding talent.