Solanke could force Klopp’s hand

Jurgen Klopp may be forced to include Dominic Solanke in his plans for Liverpool's upcoming campaign after being impressed by the new signing in pre-season.

The England under 21 international joined the Reds from Chelsea in July and made his presence felt in the 4-0 friendly win over Tranmere on Wednesday.

He was continuing on from his good form from the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup where he score four important goals to claim the Golden Ball award, en route to England beating Venezuela in the final

While it was expected that the 19-year-old would play for the club's reserve side, Klopp may well reconsider his plans.

Klopp said: "He decides that himself. Obviously, he is a young lad and it is a long-term project. I have all the time in the world.

“If he brings a little bit ‘rush’ with his development then everything is good.

“I saw a few wonderful signs tonight and I think everyone in England watched the Under-20 championship – that was fantastic football.

“He is a really skilled boy. He has to improve of course but a lot of things are already really good: first touch, movement.

“It is about him and the situation but I will not avoid his development. In the moment when he is strong enough, he is there.

“He will train with us, of course, as often as it makes sense and often as possible and then we will see.”

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