Dominic Solanke was given just his fourth start for Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, and fans are still to be convinced he can hack it at the highest level.
Jurgen Klopp fielded a rotated side in the Merseyside derby, with more than one eye on the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.
Liverpool are 3-0 up in that but Klopp was taking no chances and rested the injured Mohamed Salah and stuck Roberto Firmino on the bench.
In the absence of their star attackers, Solanke and Danny Ings were started, and Solanke had a glorious chance to make a huge impression early on in the first half.
The ball fell to him six yards out but he swung the ball straight at the keeper and Jordan Pickford made an instinctive save.
Anywhere but straight at the keeper and he would have scored his first goal for Liverpool.
However, his overall performance failed to impress the away fans today and they took to Twitter, with one fan saying that he needs to toughen up and another saying he should be loaned out.
Here are the best reactions to the young striker’s first-half performance:
For a big lad solanke needs to toughen up #lfc
— martyn_lfcfan (@martyn1200) April 7, 2018
SOLANKE CANT SCORE TO SAVE HIS LIFE FML HES HAD SO MANY CHANCES
— Ꭰaniil (@Dan44_Z) April 7, 2018
If solanke doesn't score in this not sure he ever will
— Dennis (@GrimDendo) April 7, 2018
Solanke has to score. Terrible.
— Captain Anhedonia (@keswickbro) April 7, 2018
Yikes… that's a horrible miss by Solanke
— Shane (@Conwaino) April 7, 2018
Sorry but Solanke has to go out on loan next season, you have to beat an average keeper like Pickford from 5 yards. #EVELIV
— VGame Centric (@VideoGameCentro) April 7, 2018
Solanke is destined never to score for us imo
— Alex (@SpaniardAC) April 7, 2018
Can anyone tell me why we got solanke when we have origi? If anything I’d kept origi n loan out solanke
— ninko_magic (@jakecam98) April 7, 2018
What a save Karius shocking midfield and defensive performance so far and the worst attack Klopp could've picked Solanke is dire Klavan left back is Klopps worst ever decision
— Adam JFT96 YNWA (@AdnPaiLaynLFC) April 7, 2018
Solanke has been absolutely woeful, first touch❌ composure ❌
— Trap King (@limzy09) April 7, 2018
Mane wondering why he is being punished so much having to play with Solanke and Ings
— GAONE (@heroYaGago) April 7, 2018
Solanke is useless.
— Jon Dina (@_Jonardi) April 7, 2018
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