Jurgen Klopp: What I think about Liverpool FC star’s first Premier League start
The Liverpool FC manager was impressed with Dominic Solanke's first Premier League start
Jurgen Klopp has hailed Dominic Solanke’s performance in the Liverpool FC striker’s first Premier League start in a 3-0 win at Stoke City on Wednesday night.
The Reds signed the promising English centre-forward in a free transfer from defending Premier League champions Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
Solanke arrived at Anfield with his reputation enhanced after the striker helped to inspire the England Under-20 team to World Cup glory back in June.
The 20-year-old moved to Liverpool FC in search of regular first-team football following a frustrating spell at defending champions Chelsea.
Solanke was limited to a handful of appearances from the bench in the Premier League in their opening 13 games before Klopp handed the ex-Blue his first top-flight start at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday night.
The summer signing provided the assist to help Sadio Mane make the breakthrough in Liverpool FC’s 3-0 win over Stoke at the bet365 Stadium.
Speaking at his post-match media conference following Wednesday night’s win, Klopp heaped praise on Solanke for a competent performance at the Potters.
“He should have scored!” Klopp said.
“A fantastic boy, well deserved and I am really happy for him that he could do that. He is a fantastic player.
“He can improve in pretty much everything, but he is already a good player. That’s probably the best news. I am really happy I could give him this opportunity tonight.
“He has to work like all the others, but everybody who is with England looked tonight and thought, ‘oh, that looks good’. He is a really good player.”
Liverpool FC are in fifth place in the Premier League table but two points adrift of Arsenal in fourth spot.
The Reds will welcome promoted side Brighton to Anfield on Saturday evening.