Liverpool youngster hopes to be the future of English football. Everton signing aims to show he is not the past.
Liverpool and Everton both unveiled strikers this week, at very different spectrums of their careers.
Everton re-signed Wayne Rooney 13 years after he left the club, and the striker is keen to show he can still be a game changer at the top level.
Liverpool added Chelsea talent Dominic Solanke, a player who hopes to become the future of English football.
He won the Golden Ball this summer as England won the under-20 World Cup – lifting one more international trophy than Wayne Rooney has ever lifted.
Rooney is the Three Lions’ record goalscorer, and while he was Solanke’s age, he was already in England’s senior side.
While Solanke is battling to live up to his lofty reputation this coming season, Rooney needs to show he is not done.
He was not involved with recent England squads, and scored only three goals from open play for Manchester United in the Premier League last season.
Bringing him back is a calculated gamble by Everton, who hope that they can re-energise the striker.
Solanke though has a real chance to outscore Rooney this season – if Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp puts his faith in him.
Liverpool are blessed with creative players, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Coutinho among others, and with a regular run in the side, Solanke could score for fun.
It is a little of a projection at this point considering Solanke has not had any Premier League opportunities to date, but Liverpool may have made the better investment, signing a striker who is on the way up, rather than one clinging onto past glories.