Redknapp: This aggressive teenager will make huge impact at Liverpool in 2017-18
By Harry Sykes
Jamie Redknapp has claimed that “aggressive” new Liverpool signing Dominic Solanke will make a huge impact in the upcoming season.
Redknapp named striker Solanke, 19, in a Mail column as one of his 10 players to watch during the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.
The forward joined Liverpool from Chelsea this summer for a fee that will be determined by a tribunal after running down his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Redknapp is convinced the teenager will get plenty of game time for Jurgen Klopp’s side and will eventually be missed more by Chelsea than two big-name stars of their 2016-17 title-winning season.
Redknapp wrote in the Mail: “There has been a lot of talk about Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic leaving but in the long term, Solanke’s departure could be the one Chelsea regret the most.
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“When I first met him two years ago he told me he models his game on Costa. He wants to be an aggressive centre forward and will be licking his lips at the chances Liverpool will create for him.
“He may not start many games early on, but as the season progresses he will have a big part to play. Don’t rule out an England call-up.”
Solanke was regularly used by Klopp during pre-season as injuries restricted the appearances of senior strikers Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.
The England Under-21 international is not expected to start Liverpool’s Premier League opener at Watford on Saturday but is likely to be in the matchday squad.
He chose to quit Chelsea after making just a single senior appearance for the club following his graduation from their academy ranks.