Liverpool Football Club boss Jürgen Klopp won’t rush “long-term project” Dominic Solanke’s development into a first-team player.
Dominic Solanke’s development as a first-team player will not be rushed, according to Jürgen Klopp.
The German was pleased with the young English striker’s contribution against Tranmere but is refusing to let the player get ahead of himself.
Asked if the 19-year old will be part of the first-team squad this coming season, Klopp responded: “He decides that himself. Obviously he is a young lad and it is a long-term project. I have all the time in the world.”
“If he brings a little bit ‘rush’ with his development then everything is good. I saw a few wonderful signs tonight and I think everyone in England watched the U20 championship that was fantastic football.
“He is a really skilled boy but he has to improve, of course. But a lot of things are already really good: first touch, movement. It is about him and the situation but I will not avoid his development. In the moment when he is strong enough he is there.
“He will train with us, of course, as often as it makes sense and often as possible and then we will see.”
Solanke wasn’t the only player that Klopp was happy with and the German was full of praise for his whole squad during their 4-0 victory over Tranmere.
“I was happy with the squad I had today: first half a little more experience, second half with the young players looked as good as possible after about eight days’ training,” he explained.
“I really enjoyed watching it. It started well and then it became stiff with players looking for their roles but second half surprisingly it looked fresher and was more flexible and more fluent.”
The Reds next pre-season fixture comes on Friday with a trip to Wigan.