Two of Liverpool’s young talents were in action for England Under-20s against Italy on Thursday night. How did they get on?

Fresh from scoring the winner against Mexico earlier this week, Liverpool’s new signing Dominic Solanke was once again on target for the England U20s as he netted a brace on Thursday night against Italy.

The former Chelsea striker pounced on a loose ball inside the area after the opposition goalkeeper had spilled Sheyi Ojo’s cross to even the scores. The Italians had gone 1-0 up in the opening five minutes but the young England side was not to be deterred.

With 11 minutes left to play, Everton forward Ademola Lookman put the three lions 2-1 up after yet another Ojo cross, before Solanke grabbed his second of the night with an outside the box finish into the bottom corner.

 

Ojo’s pair of assists were a timely reminder of what he can contribute when he’s on his game and after a poor season in 2016/17 plagued by injuries and bad performances for the U23s, he’ll be hoping to carry this kind of form over into pre-season.

Not many fans were initially excited by the thought of Solanke being our first summer signing but the 19-year-old is certainly giving them reasons why he deserves to be at Liverpool. The striker has been touted as a talent to watch regarding his future and his combination of height, pace and raw finishing ability makes him a mouth-watering project for a manager like Jürgen Klopp.

The striker was constantly getting himself involved against Italy and his movement, touch and physical presence were all impressive for a player still so young. If Solanke can continue to put in showings like this when pre-season comes around, then there is no reason why he cannot force himself into Klopp’s first team plans – especially given the extra football the Reds will be playing this year due to their European involvement.

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