Dominic Solanke has been linked with a move away from Liverpool in January, including an intriguing offer by Crystal Palace to take the 21-year-old striker on loan and committing to giving him significant playing time, but the club will wait on deciding his future.
This according to The Liverpool Echo today, who say that while getting the promising attacker playing time is important, the club don not feel the need to decide whether his immediate future lies at Anfield when the transfer window opens in two weeks.
The club would prefer to make it through the busy holiday fixture list before re-evaluating the depth chart to protect themselves against the possibility of loaning Solanke out only to then be hit by injuries and find themselves in need of attacking reinforcements.
If we get a week or two into the new year and Soalnke still isn’t needed, though, there does appear to be a belief that a loan would be beneficial—and The Echo go as far as to say that the player himself is frustrated by the lack of playing time so far this season.
Last year, Solanke made 27 appearances for the Reds. That along with his superb underlying numbers meant hopes were high that 2018-19 would be a breakout season. Instead, he has had zero first team minutes and just a single bench appearance to his name.
While it is perhaps prudent to wait a little, then, if the situation remains unchanged into January, to not send Solanke out on loan feels like it would be doing a major disservice to the player at a crucial stage in his development.