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James Milner Hails Dominic Solanke Ahead of Liverpool Arrival

James Milner Hails Dominic Solanke Ahead of Liverpool Arrival

James Milner has hailed Dominic Solanke ahead of his arrival at Liverpool this summer.

At 31, the English midfielder is used to being one of the more experienced players in the Anfield squad as Jurgen Klopp opts for a youthful team.

And Solanke, at 19, is just another youngster who’ll be added to the Liverpool team this summer and expected to make an impact at first team level.

The English striker chose to exit Chelsea for free this summer and will join up with Liverpool for pre-season in the hope of getting more first team opportunities.

Milner is delighted at that decision and believes he can make a big impact at Anfield after a very impressive U20 World Cup which saw him lead England to the title and lift the best player of the tournament award.

Speaking about Solanke’s signing, Milner, per thisisanfield.com, said: “He’s obviously had a great summer, he’s a good young player coming through.

“We’ve got a young squad anyway, so I think it’s good to keep that going. Being one of the older guys hopefully I can help him come along.

“But I think he’s shown already this summer, with what he’s done with the England team, winning the World Cup is a great achievement.

“To come out of that as the best player, you look at the other names over the years who’ve been named the best player in that tournament—he’s up there with some of the best.

“That’s great for him, a great confidence-booster, and if the Liverpool fans didn’t know who he was, they do now.”

Strengthening up front would have been a priority for Klopp at the end of a season which saw his team fail to punish their opponents when in dominant positions.

He may still add more strikers to his squad, but Solanke could be an inspired addition considering he’ll only cost the club a development fee.

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