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Does a first senior goal for Dominic Solanke signal a Liverpool future?

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Does a first senior goal for Dominic Solanke signal a Liverpool future?

The 20-year-old grabbed his first senior goal for the Reds against Brighton.

Perhaps the brightest moment of Liverpool’s rampant final day 4-0 drubbing of Brighton came when Dominic Solanke finally notched his first senior goal with a smashed near-post finish.

The England youth international broke his goal drought in stunning fashion amid an all-action attacking performance, proving that Solanke has what it takes to be a future Liverpool star.

Although Solanke has come under scrutiny for his season-long scoring struggles, the striker is still only 20 years of age and has performed brightly amid limited starting opportunities this year.

And it was no coincidence that the striker’s best performance of the year occurred when he played in his preferred role as a central striker.

Against the Seagulls, Solanke was the focal point of the attack in a 4-2-3-1 formation, allowing the Englishman to heavily influence play.

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Rewarded with a fantastic 8.7 match rating from WhoScored, bested only by full-back Andy Robertson’s 9.1, Solanke was excellent at Anfield.

His wonderfully taken finish was a just reward for his eager pressing and intelligent movement all match long.

Next season, the striker deserves to be handed increased opportunities at Anfield.

However, frustratingly for the youngster, his minutes may again be limited given the superb form of Liverpool’s current front three.

The best route in the short term for Solanke may be to head out on loan to a fellow Premier League club in order to gain crucial first team starts.

For a player of his age, it is vital the Liverpool player continues his development while playing regularly.

A productive spell at a club like Wolves, who are seeking a quality centre-forward that can keep them up, would prove an ideal switch for the striker.

In a couple of seasons time, Solanke could finally become the prolific English goalscorer that Liverpool crave for. 

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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