DOMINIC SOLANKE says he’s delighted to have joined a club that is ‘pushing young players through’ after swapping Chelsea for Liverpool.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has snapped up the 19-year-old striker on a free and handed him a long-term contract.
Despite his immense potential, Solanke never got a proper look-in at Chelsea, making just one senior appearance for the club before his exit.
The England Under-21s star is now looking to kickstart his career at Liverpool and believes Anfield is the perfect place for young players to develop.
He said: “Every time I see Liverpool, there’s such a family nature, there’re a lot of young players doing well at the club, so I think it will be a good place for me to develop my career.
“As a young player, you always want to see the club you’re at pushing young players through.
“I’m quite good friends with Joe Gomez – I’ve known him since we were young – and obviously Ovie [Ejaria] and Sheyi [Ojo] were with us at the Under-20 World Cup.
“We spoke a bit when we were away, so I’m looking forward to enjoying it with them.
“Liverpool’s got a lot of good young players, so hopefully everyone can play their part.”
Solanke has also paid tribute to Klopp and is eager to impress his new boss as soon as possible.
“As a young player you just want to reach your full potential, so to have good players around you and a good manager to help will be really good.
“I just want to make an impact. Hopefully when I get my opportunity I can take it and help the team.”