Tuesday 23 April 2019

Solanke getting over disallowed winner for Liverpool

Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke
Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke

Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke may have been denied his first goal for the club but the disappointment has only spurred him on as he knows he will get more chances under Jurgen Klopp.

Seven minutes from time in the goalless draw at home to West Brom the England Under-20 World Cup winner had the ball in the net at the Kop end only for it to be disallowed after referee Paul Tierney, having initially pointed to the centre circle, chalked it off following consultation with his assistant.

The linesman had spotted the ball had gone in off the youngster's arm, capping a frustrating night which saw Liverpool drop two points at home for the second time in four days, meaning they could not regain their top-four spot.

"It went onto my chest, I tried to chest it in and it has clipped my arm. The referee disallowed it but it's very unlucky," he said.

"I thought he had given it as well. I was celebrating. I don't know what changed his mind but he changed his mind.

"I thought I had won it; it's not nice when you are celebrating and it gets disallowed. It was annoying but hopefully I will get a goal soon and carry on from there."

It means Solanke is still searching for his first goal since a summer arrival from Chelsea, with his transfer fee yet to be decided by a tribunal, but he is not disheartened.

He has already made 14 first-team appearances, including two Premier League starts, having featured just once in three years at Chelsea, and Klopp has already shown he is prepared to give the 20-year-old chances.

"He has made me feel welcome, he has showed a lot of faith in me and played me in some important games," he added.

"He always gives me feedback and tells me if I think I should be doing something better which you want from a manager. It is criticism and praise, it helps me a lot."

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is keen to reignite the battle to become Jurgen Klopp's first choice.

The German was handed only his second Premier League appearance in a year for the goalless draw at home to West Brom after established number one Simon Mignolet's swollen ankle meant he was rested as a precautionary measure.

Karius is Klopp's designated goalkeeper for the Champions League but with the competition now in a two-month hiatus the 24-year-old faced the prospect of playing only in the FA Cup before February's resumption. However, the manager's willingness to swap goalkeepers has given Karius renewed hope.

"Of course, it has been quite a while," he said, having last started a league game in August.

"Obviously I've had the Champions League games but there are not that many so I was happy to get a start, it's always nice. I wasn't really expecting it.

"It is always a battle (to be first choice), it doesn't matter in which club or which position.

"If you don't perform well, even when you start, you might lose your spot in any position so you have to perform and the rest is up to the manager."

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