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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on Dominic Solanke transfer: I had no idea who he was

 

Solanke, 19, was Jurgen Klopp’s first summer signing after he agreed to join Liverpool on a free transfer from Chelsea.

He has got his career off to the perfect start by scoring his first goal in the Reds’ 2-0 Premier League Asia Trophy win over Crystal Palace.

But Jurgen Klopp admits he did not know much about Solanke prior to bringing him to Anfield as there was not much video footage of him in action.

However, he has thanked his recruitment staff for alerting him to his availability.

“The only thing I can say is the first time I heard that Dominic wants to come, I was really happy about that,” Klopp said.

“But it was difficult to find footage about him. It was a long time since he played so it was hard.

“The only thing we could get was a little bit of him playing in Holland (on loan for Vitesse Arnhem) and a bit of under-20s or under-19s. That’s not the best footage.

“Everyone in England knew him but I had no idea about him. I started to learn more and more and I trust the guys around us, the scouts, so I said: 'Let’s do it.'

“I've seen a lot of skilled boys in my life and he looks like a nice project.


“Everything is really good, really clear. He’s extremely football smart and focused. You see the movement.

“He has to improve in a lot of ways but he's a good boy.”

Liverpool will contest the Asia Trophy final against Leicester tomorrow where Solanke could feature.