Dominic Solanke’s future at Liverpool was unclear hours back when his proposed loan move to Crystal Palace fell through due to fitness concerns. Clubs like Brighton & Hove Albion, Fulham and Huddersfield Town also enquired regarding the youngster’s availability as reported by James Pearce of Liverpool Echo. But the 21-year-old centre-forward has now been roped in (BBC) by Bournemouth who splashed £19m to seal his signing.
The U20 World Cup winner with England made his Bosman switch from Chelsea 18 months back in summer 2017. He went on making 27 appearances last season before scoring his only Liverpool goal in the final league fixture against the Seagulls.
Solanke, the current England U21s frontman, is rated as one of the finest talents of English football but has featured only for the reserves this term failing to make it to the Reds’ matchday squad (except the EFL Cup tie versus Chelsea where he had remained as an unused substitute). The young striking sensation needs game-time to flourish and justify his talent. Therefore, he must be ecstatic upon completion of an exciting transfer to the South Coast.
Although Liverpool have lost one of the brightest prospects of their attacking armoury, they should be delighted over the deal that earned them a hefty profit for a player who barely would have had a chance to make it to the Reds’ first-team in the near future. Roberto Firmino excelled as a ‘number 9’ last season whereas Mohamed Salah, though a right winger, has maintained his scoring streak this term while being lined up as the lone forward in Jurgen Klopp’s 4-2-3-1 set-up.
Veteran Daniel Sturridge, out of contract at the end of the ongoing campaign, is likely to be handed an extension (according to Simon Jones for MailOnline) to stretch his stay in Merseyside where he plied his trade six years back. Divock Origi has become a fringe player even though he scored a bizarre injury-time winner against rivals Everton but should be retained for the culminating months to battle with injuries and fatigues amid the congestion of fixtures.
Also, Klopp rates teenager Rhian Brewster highly who is currently undergoing the rehabilitation to make a recovery from a long-standing ankle problem. He would be groomed for the first-team once back in action and is believed to have a glittering career ahead with Liverpool.
The gaffer, therefore, is well equipped for the time being with ample options capable of spearheading the Reds’ attack and should motivate his men to break the Premier League hoodoo after almost three decades.