Dominic Solanke insists he is readying himself to take advantage of any opportunity that lands at his feet at Liverpool.
The striker has impressed in a string of cameos since his summer move from Chelsea, but has seen his first-term involvement limited due to the form of the club’s familiar attacking assets.
Solanke has managed 10 appearances for the Reds so far, and will feel unlucky not to have featured more often during a mixed start to the season.
After being urged by Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce to seek experience with a loan move, Solanke has pointed towards staying at Anfield and preparing for any chance to impress that may come his way.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “You’ve just got to keep working hard. Obviously at a big club like Liverpool there’s always going to be great players and sometimes to get past them is hard but you’ve just got to keep working and play your part for the team.”
“I think with football, it can go in all different ways and it can change very quickly as we’ve seen with many players.
“There could be injury or something injuries and you can go from a low spot to a high spot very quickly so however your opportunity comes you’ve just got to try to take it.”
Solanke arrived at Anfield boasting a glowing reputation, entering the next stage of his club career on the back of a winning U20 World Cup campaign, in which the 20-year-old was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
A productive pre-season then swiftly justified Liverpool’s efforts to offer him an escape from Chelsea’s doomed path between youth football and the first team.
Though his career as a Red has endured a slow and somewhat calculated start, Solanke has made progress on the international stage by earning a senior England debut in the recent friendly against Brazil.
His shock call-up followed his promotion to Aidy Boothroyd’s U21s, where he has quickly established himself as a notable focal point.
It’s safe to assume Klopp has no intentions of letting Solanke slip from his grasp.