Dominic Solanke needs games and right now he isn’t getting them at Liverpool. That much seems clear. The only question is if he heads out on loan in January to find them or if Jürgen Klopp believes his chances will come in the new year.
If he is set to leave, there look to be at least two options, with reports that Crystal Palace and Rangers are both eager to take the 21-year-old striker on loan in January if Liverpool are willing to let him depart the club on a short-term basis.
Reports from London’s Evening Standard in recent days have claimed a Palace inquiry into Solanke’s availability, and Palace—who are currently just three points clear of the drop—are said to be willing to offer Solanke significant playing time.
Meanwhile in Scotland, Rangers have also been linked with Solanke this week, though if there is a real possibility of the player ending up there manager Steven Gerrard is certainly playing coy about it in his dealings with the press.
“I haven’t heard Dominic Solanke say he wants to leave Liverpool,” Gerrard said when asked about rumours of Rangers’ interest in him. “I haven’t heard Liverpool say they want him to leave, so there’s nothing really to say about it.”
After 27 total appearances for the Reds last season and with superb underlying numbers, hopes were high that 2018-19 would be Solanke’s breakout season, but Daniel Sturridge’s resurgence has kept him to a single bench appearance.
The beginning of Liverpool’s FA Cup campaign in January could offer him an opportunity to play again, and injuries could always change the picture, but right now at least it does feel as though a loan would be the best option.