Liverpool centre-forward Dominic Solanke has become a forgotten man at Anfield this season and appears to have slipped down to fourth in the striker pecking order.
The 21-year-old is yet to make a first-team appearance this season for the Reds and has had some injury problems, but manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed (Liverpool Echo) he’s close to being back in training.
He has managed to continue impressing for England’s Under-21s this campaign, scoring five goals in six appearances for them since September.
It seems extremely difficult for the highly-rated attacker to force his way into contention at the Merseyside club, but he can take inspiration from teammate Divock Origi.
Origi, 23, has waited on the sidelines too for most of the season behind Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge in the striker department.
But the Belgian has completed a dramatic U-turn recently by coming off the bench on Sunday to score a late winner against Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Origi was rewarded in midweek with his first league start of the season and picked up an assist in the 3-1 victory over Burnley.
He’s managed to force himself into first-team contention and just one brief cameo has helped him achieve that.
That should give Solanke hope that all is not lost this season and it’s easy to forget he did play 27 times in the senior team last season under Klopp.