Klopp hits back at England over ‘damaged’ Solanke

Sarah Winterburn

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged England not to worry about his fourth-choice striker Dominic Solanke.

The 21-year-old England international is yet to even feature in a match-day squad this season but Klopp insists that his future his bright.

England Under-21 manager Aidy Bothroyd expressed his own concerns about Solanke during this international break.

“It’s not a perfect situation, that is clear,” Klopp said.

“He is a young striker and young strikers generally need longer in a big club. If you’re a young striker at another club and you don’t perform and you don’t score then it can be career-threatening because no-one in this world is patient enough.

“But it is all fine for Dom. He didn’t play as often as he wished, I can imagine that, but he is still developing and still improving.

“He had good games last season, not enough minutes that is true, but he is still young and will have enough minutes in his career.

“When we cannot use him as a striker, we still work with him to try and fulfil his potential. I think we are really on a good way with that. We don’t have a problem with young English players not being involved often enough.

“There is no pressure. I don’t like to talk about what other people said, but Dom Solanke is a fantastic young player.

“Our situation here is that we have four players in Bobby, Daniel, Divock (Origi) and Dom. We have this squad and we need it.

“If Dom works hard – and that is all what he needs to do to secure the rest of his career – then everything will be fine because of his talent and his skills.

“I don’t know exactly where Harry Kane was at the same stage of his career but it was all over the country playing and not playing.

“I remember a picture of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy sitting on the bench for Leicester. They obviously didn’t start that day but they made their way.

“It is really difficult for strikers to get the one spot or one of the two. We are still 100% sure everything will be fine for Dom.”