Solanke reveals Liverpool aims after explaining Anfield switch

Date published: Tuesday 11th July 2017 9:52

Dominic Solanke is looking to make his mark at Liverpool after admitting the prospect of working with Jurgen Klopp was a major pull for him.

England Under-20 World Cup winner joined the Reds earlier this summer after coming to the end of his Chelsea contract, with the move still to be determined by a transfer tribunal.

On sealing his switch to Merseyside, Solanke described himself as a “born winner,” as well as explaining the variety of roles he is able to perform in attack.

“My favourite position would probably be the striker, No. 9,” he told LFCTV.

“But I can play behind the striker in the No. 10 position or out wide, so I’m quite versatile.”

The player is likely to spend his early days at Anfield playing for the club’s U23s side, but he admit he is striving to make the first-team on a few occasions.

“There’s a lot of young players doing well at the club, so I think it will be a good place for me to develop my career,” Solanke, who scored four times and was player of the tournament as England’s U20s won the World Cup last month, said.

“As a young player you always want to see your club pushing through their young players and hoping you can do the same,” he said.

“I’m quite good friends with Joe Gomez, I’ve known him from quite young, and obviously Ovie [Ejaria] and Sheyi [Ojo] who were with us at the World Cup.

“I think Liverpool have got a lot of good young players, so hopefully everyone can play their part.

“We spoke a bit and they’ve only got good things to say, so I’m looking forward to enjoying it with them.”


Solanke on Klopp appeal

Naturally, the prospect of working under Klopp is also a major deciding factor for any young player, and Solanke is no different.

“I’m so excited. Every time I see him he’s so enthusiastic and passionate,” he said of his new manager.

“I think that’s what you need as a manager, so I’m really looking forward to working with him.

“As a young player all you want to do is 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. Hopefully when I get my opportunity I can take it and help the team.

“Even just pulling on the training top, I was over the moon. Hopefully I can put on the shirt in the near future and make some good history here.

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