Thierry Henry hailed Anthony Martial’s impact from the bench for Manchester United last month by pointing out that an attacker has to make an impression with the time given. Do something. Make an impact. Force the manager’s hand in your favour or at least give him a good problem to have. It appears that Dominic Solanke is making quite the impression on Jürgen Klopp in a similar manner.
Solanke nearly won the game for Liverpool against Burnley but was denied by the woodwork. After pushing Divock Origi out of the first-team picture, Solanke is looking like a real option from the bench that can change things for Liverpool. He may be 20 and inexperienced, but Klopp seems to share Henry’s view on how players should take opportunities.
"It's exciting, absolutely exciting. I'm really happy to have him around. He's a wonderful kid, that's how it is," Klopp beamed. "He takes the minutes - each minute - as an opportunity. That's the benefit of [his] age.
"When you are this age and you didn't play so often in the Premier League then it's a Premier League game in the stats, whether it's one minute, two minutes, it's five, it's 20. He doesn't care too much about this.
"You can see this, he's full of joy and quality, it was nice to see."
It won’t be surprising to see Solanke start against Leicester City tomorrow as a reward for his exciting cameos and a chance for minutes. At this stage of the season, he has certainly earned the right to show what he can do.