Rio Ferdinand strongly believes that Dominic Solanke and other talented young English players need to go out on loan or leave their clubs permanently to ensure that they are developing properly.

Liverpool are blessed with three of the most devastating attackers in Europe with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah all capable of tearing an opposition backline to shreds on their day.

As we’ve seen most recently with Danny Ings, some players will struggle to make a real impact at Liverpool and are forced to leave to find regular game time and one such player may well be Dominic Solanke.

According to Rio Ferdinand, Solanke and Manchester City’s Phil Foden would do well to leave their respective clubs in search of more regular game time.

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“Obviously the players are not good enough (for these teams),” said Ferdinand.


“The young kids like (Phil) Foden, (Ruben) Loftus-Cheek and Solanke who are winning tournaments for England at youth level, if they’re good enough they’ll be playing.

“It’s such a lucrative game for these (club) managers and their jobs are on the edge every single game, and they want players who are going to win instantly. These players obviously aren’t being blooded properly.

“Players are sitting on the bench now who are £50million players. The pathway for these young players to the first team is so difficult because of the investment that’s going on.

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“Solanke is sitting (on the bench) at Liverpool, he was sitting at Chelsea. He has gone to Liverpool for opportunities and he’s not getting that. He has got to get out.

“If I’m a young sitting on the bench, or in the stands or not even travelling, I’m banging down the manager’s door and asking if I’m playing or not.”

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