Jul 12, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ​Prenton Park
TranmereTranmere Rovers
FT(HT: 0-2)
Milner (34' pen.), Grujic (42'), Chirivella (50'), Woodburn (79' pen.)

Jurgen Klopp ready to offer Dominic Solanke first-team chance

Dominic Solanke of Chelsea in action during the UEFA Youth League Quarter Final match between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid at Chelsea Training Ground on March 10, 2015
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praises the "wonderful" performance of Dominic Solanke in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, but says there is room for improvement.

Jurgen Klopp has told young striker Dominic Solanke that it is down to him to force his way into Liverpool's starting lineup ahead of the new season.

The 19-year-old was officially snapped up by the Reds from Premier League rivals Chelsea earlier this week, fresh on the back of playing a starring role in England's World Cup success at Under-20s level.

Solanke was the only debutant on show in Liverpool's opening pre-season fixture, a 4-0 win over Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday night, due to immigration red tape blocking Mohamed Salah's first inclusion.

Klopp is happy with what he saw from the youngster at Prenton Park, insisting that there is a chance he will be fast-tracked into the first team next term if he does enough to impress.

"He decides that himself. Obviously he is a young lad and it is a long-term project. I have all the time in the world," he told reporters. "If he brings a little bit 'rush' with his development then everything is good.

"I saw a few wonderful signs tonight and I think everyone in England watched the Under-20 championship - that was fantastic football. He is a really skilled boy. He has to improve of course but a lot of things are already really good - first touch, movement.

"It is about him and the situation but I will not avoid his development. In the moment when he is strong enough he is there. He will train with us, of course, as often as it makes sense and often as possible and then we will see."

James Milner, Marko Grujic, Pedro Chirivella and Ben Woodburn were all on target for Liverpool in their comfortable win.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp before the match against Arsenal on March 4, 2017
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