10th December 2017
Jürgen Klopp has explained that he had no doubts whatsoever over including ‘proper professional’ Dominic Solanke in his Merseyside derby starting XI.
The 20-year-old has been handed his second Premier League start of the season – and third for the club overall – for this afternoon’s meeting with Everton at Anfield.
Solanke’s opportunity comes in the absence of the likes of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, but the manager has full faith that the Englishman is capable of filling their shoes.
Asked about the striker’s inclusion, Klopp said: “He’s good enough.
“There are a lot of English players on the pitch today so they know about the importance of the derby, for sure.
“Dom is a footballer from head to toe, he is all around a really proper professional. I’m happy for him that he can [have this chance].”
Klopp has made six changes in total for the visit of the Toffees, continuing a recent theme of rotating his squad through a busy period.