The young forward is having to bide his time for first-team chance but England’s star is being touted as a fine example for him
Jurgen Klopp is confident Dominic Solanke’s development is on track despite a lack of first-team soccer at Liverpool.
England Under-21 striker Solanke moved to Anfield from Chelsea last season but only managed 5 Premier League starts and a solitary goal, whereas he’s yet to feature in a matchday squad this time around.
However, having been a standout within the youth ranks for his nation, the 21-year-old stays on the radar of nationwide group boss Gareth Southgate.
Solanke was invited to train with the senior England squad during the international break and Jamie Vardy’s retirement from Three Lions duty leaves him greater up the pecking order than a player given such sparse competitive action might expect to be.
Game time for England’s brightest young talents has become a subject of increasingly heated discussion over recent weeks, with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reeling off a string of statistics on Friday to demonstrate his frequent use of Marcus Rashford.
During that news conference, Mourinho compared the first-team exposure granted to the likes of Solanke, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Dominic Calvert-Lewin unfavourably to Rashford. While Klopp concedes the current state of affairs is not ideal, he maintains Solanke will be given chances to progress.
“It’s not a perfect situation, that is clear,” he mentioned. “He’s a younger striker and a younger striker typically wants longer in a giant membership, that’s how it’s.
“Should you’re a younger striker at one other membership and also you don’t carry out and also you don’t rating then it may be career-threatening as a result of no-one on this world is affected person sufficient. However it’s all effective for Dom.
“He didn’t play as typically as he wished however he’s nonetheless growing and nonetheless enhancing. He had good video games final season, not sufficient minutes that’s true, however he’s nonetheless younger and after we can’t use him as a striker we nonetheless work with him.
“We work with him to attempt to fulfil his potential and I feel we’re actually on a great way with that. ”
Klopp’s males tackle Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday and he believes Harry Kane serves as a effective instance to Solanke.
England captain Harry Kane bided his time at Spurs throughout a succession of lower-league mortgage spells earlier than graduating to the realms of Premier League and World Cup Golden Boot winner.
“If he works arduous then every thing can be effective due to his expertise and his abilities,” the previous Borussia Dortmund boss added.
“I don’t know precisely the place Harry Kane was on the similar stage of his profession however he was all around the nation taking part in and never taking part in.
“I keep in mind an image of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy sitting on the bench for Leicester. They clearly didn’t begin that day however they made their manner.
“It’s actually tough for strikers to get the one spot or one of many two. We’re nonetheless 100 per cent positive every thing can be effective for Dom.”