Yesterday Liverpool confirmed that Klopp’s first signing of the summer will be 19-year-old Dominic Solanke from Chelsea.
Solanke is a striker for Chelsea’s U23s and will be out of a contract come June 30th, so personal terms have been agreed with Liverpool which will see Dominic to put pen to paper on July 1st.
So, who is Dominic Solanke?
The England U21 international is a developmental player, so will cost Liverpool around £3m but the fee will be determined by a Premier League tribunal as the player is under 24 years of age.
Klopp has identified the striker as ‘one for the future’ and will join Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn, Ovie Ejaria, Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo in a strong U23s side next season, while simultaneously pushing for a place in the first-team.
Solanke was born in Reading and has been with Chelsea since the age of seven, emerging as one of London’s brightest talents along the way. He was part of the teams that won the FA Youth Cup in 2014 and 2015 and also won the UEFA Youth League in 2015.
In that campaign, Solanke was the top scorer and was also top when helping England win the European U17 Championship in 2014. He played alongside Joe Gomez and scored in the final against the Netherlands.
Solanke was handed a senior debut for Chelsea against Maribor in October 2014, becoming the club’s youngest ever Champions League player, but was then loaned out to Vitesse Arnhem for the 2015/16 season.
In 25 Eredivisie appearances, he scored seven times but has not found a first-team opportunity under Antonio Conte and will hope that Jürgen Klopp can give him that opportunity.
Can Solanke help Liverpool?
RB Leipzig, Celtic and a number of Premier League clubs expressed an interest in Dominic Solanke but the Reds have won the race to sign the highly-rated frontman.
He has represented England at every level, from U16 to U21, and is currently part of the squad in the FIFA U20 World Cup where he has featured in all three games so far and has scored once to help England into the knockout stages.
Like many Liverpool fans, I was straight onto YouTube to find a number of compilations of the striker and see what he’s all about.
This account has dubbed the 19-year-old an “incredible wonderkid”.. Let’s hope so!