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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says it was 'unbelievably important' to sell Dom Solanke

Dominic Solanke of Liverpool and teammate Joe Gomez look happy after their victory in the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool at Vitality Stadium on December 17,...

Liverpool offloaded the 21-year-old striker last month.

Dominic Solanke of Liverpool and teammate Joe Gomez look happy after their victory in the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool at Vitality Stadium on December 17,...

Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool's official website that it was 'unbelievably important' to offload Dominic Solanke, for the sake of the player's development.

Liverpool could come up against their former striker today, for the first time since selling him to Bournemouth in January.

Solanke, who spent 18 months at Anfield after joining from Chelsea, hadn't kicked a ball under Klopp once this season.

At 21, Solanke isn't the finished article in terms of development, and the German manager feels that regular football at his age is of paramount importance.

 

He told Liverpool's official website: "It’s always a bit strange and scary if you play against a former player. Dom was here four weeks ago and we saw him every day.

"He’s a wonderful guy and a big, big, big talent but we couldn’t give him enough match time, so for his development it’s unbelievably important that he gets these minutes."

The Cherries' trip to Merseyside is undeniably a must-win game for Liverpool, who are second behind Manchester City on goal difference.

And what a cruel but ironic twist it would be if Solanke scores the goal which harms their Premier League title challenge.

The big striker, who made his debut for Bournemouth last week, will be extra motivated to prove a point to the Reds and Klopp, but the German has the defenders capable of stopping him.

Liverpool FC forward Dominic Solanke (R) celebrates with teammate Jon Flanagan (L) during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Hong Kong...

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