Former Liverpool U23s coach Michael Beale has given his opinion on the Red’s new-boy Dominic Solanke, hailing him as an “outstanding goalscorer.”
We got a first glimpse of what Dom Solanke can do when the Reds took to the field for the second half against Tranmere on Wednesday and I have to say I was impressed.
The 19-year old exhibited good movement, quick feet, adept link up play and sound game intelligence, looking increasingly promising during his 45 minutes on the pitch.
Former Liverpool U23s coach Michael Beale has been familiar with Solanke since his time at Chelsea, working with the forward since the “age of six.” Beale praised the young striker’s enthusiasm, movement and pace in an interview with BBC Radio Merseyside.
“There’s a young boy there, Dominic Solanke, who I think is going to excite a lot of people,” he said.
“He’s a boy I’ve known since the age of six and I’m really excited to see how he does.
“He was training with our U8s (at Chelsea), with Ovie Ejaria, they were two players in London who everybody knew about. Dominic had unbelievable movement mechanics at a young age, he was so fast. He got out of his dad or mum’s car and just sprinted to the pitch, and he stayed like that for 90 minutes of your session.
“So he’s a boy who has a lot of enthusiasm, I have to say that he’s matured into a very nice young man as well. He’s a little bit shy, so people will (need to) be patient with him, but he’s an outstanding goalscorer who’s just come off the back of the U20 World Cup where he was Player of the Tournament, so he has a big CV also.”
Beale was positive that Solanke will make be able to make a significant impact in the Red’s pre-season but that the Englishman won’t be the only player with the ability to break into regular first-team action.
“Pre-season is the most important time for the young players, to catch the eye in front of the manager when one or two of the older players are coming back later,” he explained.
“We would say to the young players at the end of the season, ‘make sure you come back strong’, to try and get one or two yards on the older players.
“I’m really pleased to see Ryan Kent back at Liverpool, with a chance to show how he’s matured from his loan at Barnsley. We’re at a stage now where Trent Alexander-Arnold is chasing Nathaniel Clyne every day. I really like the wide players. I love Ryan Kent, Harry Wilson, Sheyi Ojo, Ben Woodburn, now Dominic Solanke, Ovie Ejaria.
“There’s a lot of young players that Liverpool fans know the name of, which is positive.”