With the amount of business the Anfield outfit have done last season, a lot of the Liverpool squad will be feeling the pressure to perform in pre-season to show Jurgen Klopp they are worthy of their place.
After a season of great success last term, reaching a Champions League final and finishing in a top-four spot, Klopp will have his eyes on silverware next season.
Liverpool have seriously strengthened so far in this transfer window. Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri had all joined the club, showing some major ambition in Merseyside. This has been followed by splashing out a world record fee for Roma’s Brazilian keeper Alisson.
The spending has really upped the talent level at Anfield, and the club look set to re-assert themselves as a footballing giant on the world stage. With that in mind, players on the fringes of the team will be wondering about the safety of their places in their squad, likely none more so than young striker Dominic Solanke.
The young English striker scored just once in 21 Premier League appearances for Liverpool last season.
Never given a chance at Chelsea, a club infamous for not giving youth a go, he signed at Anfield on a compensation fee. He is currently valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, showing a quick sale would be profitable for Liverpool.
A lot surely rests on how he performs in pre-season. Liverpool are playing in the International Champions Cup in the USA. Solanke will need to show his worth to Klopp in these matches, or surely a sale for the 20-year-old is on the cards. Solanke needs to prove he is a cool finisher, and be stronger than he has shown himself to be in the Premier League last season. The ex-Chelsea man has shown himself to be lethal at youth team level, particularly for England youth team setups. Whether he is the real deal in the Premier League is still very much under question.
Given the fine form of Roberto Firmino, Solanke has a high bar to reach, and unfortunately, he may well fall short.
If he does not impress this pre-season, the sale of Dominic Solanke does seem to make sense.
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