Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken out on Dominic Solanke’s departure to Bournemouth, as the Reds look to rival Manchester City for Abdulkadir Omur.
Speaking to the media ahead of Liverpool’s FA Cup clash at Wolverhampton Wanderers, the German manager was asked about Solanke and Nathaniel Clyne as the pair had recently departed Anfield for pastures new at Bournemouth.
The 51-year-old eluded that, while misfortune with injuries played a key role, Solanke wasn’t always given the chances his potential deserved.
“Football is a business, but we also need to care about people,” said Klopp.
“For Dom, it was absolutely right for him to go. He was unlucky that when there was space for him, he had injuries. He trained pretty well, but it’s difficult to maintain confidence when you’re not playing, particularly at that age. Bournemouth made a good offer, to be honest.
“We want to sign young players and keep them, but we don’t want to block them.”
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When Solanke joined Liverpool from Chelsea, having just netted four goals as England won the Under 20 World Cup, it should have been the signing to set the Reds up for years to come in terms of a striker.
But following the £3milllion move, all the 21-year-old has mustered is one goal and a single assist in 27 appearances, although somehow Liverpool were able to rake in £16million profit – the BBC reported that Bournemouth agreed to pay £19m.
Just turning to profit at the hint of a sizeable payoff sets the wrong message about the Anfield club, as instead of persevering with young talent, they took the easy way out and veered towards the “football is a business” approach.
Liverpool’s cash-grab with Solanke comes at a bad time for the club, as Aksam are reporting Klopp is chasing 19-year-old attacking midfielder Omur as Adam Lallana’s long-term successor.
Trabzonspor’s prospect would not be cheap, either, with the report suggesting a £27million bid has already been placed, and the Super Lig side are likely to accept the offer.
The move is certain to be one with an eye on the future, but questions will now be raised as to whether the left-footed goal scorer and creator will have a long-term future on Merseyside if he cannot cut an instant place in the first-team like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez.