Jurgen Klopp comments on Dominic Solanke's Liverpool debut

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Liverpool boss says he was impressed with Dominic Solanke's contribution.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised striker Dominic Solanke after his debut performance against Tranmere Rovers.

Solanke came off the bench in the 4-0 win and had a shot saved which rebounded to Pedro Chirivella, who netted the Reds' third.

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The former Chelsea youngster made a positive early impression on his manager, who told The Mail: "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."

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Solanke, Klopp insisted, has been brought in for the under-23 squad initially, and will train with the first team regularly so he can assess him.

He clearly feels Solanke has the potential to play a first team role, and will bring him in at the right time.

It is up to the under-20 World Cup Golden Ball winner to seize his further chances in pre-season playing alongside Liverpool's top stars to show he really belongs, and fast track him into the Reds first team.

Liverpool are low on strikers and Solanke has a real chance to stake his claim over the next month. Full of confidence after international success, he may not have a better time.

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