Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to the Liverpool recruitment team for making him aware that Dominic Solanke was available this summer and providing him with clips of the young striker in action.
Solanke moved to Liverpool from Chelsea at the expiration of his Blues contract this summer and is already impressing for the Reds, netting a fantastic finish in the pre-season win over Crystal Palace.
The 19-year-old is considered one of England’s best young talents and Klopp has said he is indebted to the team around him for bringing Solanke to his attention.
The German manager also revealed that getting video of Solanke playing football was a difficult task due to the infrequency of his playing time for Chelsea, and had to settle for grainy clips of the striker on loan and in the youth team.
And Klopp is delighted to have secured Solanke and is looking forward to working with him this campaign.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo Klopp said: “The only thing I can say is the first time I heard that Dominic wants to come, I was really happy about that.
“But it was difficult to find footage about him. It was a long time since he played so it was hard.
“The only thing we could get was a little bit of him playing in Holland (on loan for Vitesse Arnhem) and a bit of under-20s or under-19s. That’s not the best footage.
“Everyone in England knew him but I had no idea about him. I started to learn more and more and I trust the guys around us, the scouts, so I said: ‘Let’s do it.’
“I’ve seen a lot of skilled boys in my life and he looks like a nice project. Everything is really good, really clear. He’s extremely football smart and focused. You see the movement. He has to improve in a lot of ways but he’s a good boy.”