Liverpool's Dominic Solanke decision could come back to haunt them

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park on August 20, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Liverpool sold Dominic Solanke to Saturday's Premier League opponents Bournemouth for £19million in the January transfer window.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Dominic Solanke of Liverpool has a shot on goal during the PL2 game at The Kirkby Academy on November 3, 2018 in Kirkby, England.

In hindsight, maybe Liverpool shouldn’t have been so quick to sell Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth.

Considering that the striker scored just one goal in 27 Premier League appearances for the Reds, and had not played a game all season, you could understand why they snapped Bournemouth’s hand off when Eddie Howe’s side offered £19 million in January, as reported by the BBC.

But with Liverpool’s attack looking worryingly fatigued and increasingly predictable during disappointing draws against Leicester and West Ham, Solanke’s physical presence and old-school style could have given Jurgen Klopp another option in a crucial stage of their title challenge.

 

Instead, Solanke will be hoping to ruin his former club’s dreams as Bournemouth travel to Anfield on Saturday.

The England U21 international certainly impressed in last week’s defeat to Cardiff City, producing a performance that had Howe raving this week.

AFC Bournemouth unveil new signing Dominic Solanke at Vitality Stadium on January 4, 2019 in Bournemouth, England.

“He has shown a good attitude," Howe told the Bournemouth Echo.

"Technically, he is a good player. He will get goals if we get the ball into him in the right areas. I’m excited to really get into him and to develop that potential.”

This is not to say Solanke could have fired Liverpool to their first league title in almost 30 years. But he could have given Klopp some much needed depth in attack, with Roberto Firmino in particular looking well off his usually brilliant best.

Strong, physical and blessed with the movement of a real poacher, Solanke might have been a good option against rugged centre-backs like Harry Maguire and Issa Diop.

Dominic Solanke of Liverpool jumps over the advancing West Ham goalkeeper Adrian during the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on February 24, 2018 in...

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