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All Liverpool fans need to do is look at new signing Solanke's Eredivisie spell to be excited

It would have been easy to forget about new Liverpool signing Dominic Solanke, who completed a £3m move to Anfield on Tuesday from Chelsea – after all he has been frozen out of the Blues first team since February.

But here he is, back in the spotlight again, the 19-year old wonder kid, who only two seasons was ago was branded the future of England.

If there was any group of people that certainly didn't forget about Solanke, it was anyone who was involved with the Eredivisie during the 2015/16 season.

It was during this time that the baby-faced 17-year-old - on loan from Chelsea at Vitesse Arnhem – burst onto the scene in his first stint playing senior football.

So impressive was the Hampshire-born striker, he drew comparisons to another young player who honed his skills in the EredivisieZlatan Ibrahimovic.

Speaking at the time was former Ajax defender Ferdi Vierklau, who played with the Manchester United forward in Amsterdam.

"He's only 18 and already doing so well," said Vierklau on Solanke.

"He really is an executioner. Ruthless in front of goal.

"Even when he gets an impossible pass, he manages to do something beautiful with it. In that respect, he is a bit reminiscent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic."

Another lanky ex-Chelsea forward who wasn't too shabby in front of goal, Tore Andre Flo, was also in awe of the Englishman's ability with the ball after witnessing it with his own eyes whilst coaching in the Chelsea academy.

"He's quick but often what impresses me the most is when he looks like he's lost the ball, he somehow manages to get out with the ball, no matter how tight the situation is or how difficult it looks," said the Norwegian.

Current Ajax manager Peter Bosz, who was Solanke's Vitesse coach at the time, commented on the personality of the young forward.

"Dominic's a shy lad, introverted," said Bosz.

"But you can see his quality."

There will be no place for Solanke to hide now that he has broken out of Chelsea to move to their Premier League rivals a few hours north.

Oh no, the Kop will watching every step the 19-year old takes, questioning why the Reds acquired a striker who did not feature in a single Premier League match last season.

They will be sceptical, but for the people involved in Solanke's seven-goal debut season in the Netherlands, they are fully aware of what this kid can do.


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