Liverpool New Boy Solanke Claims Welcoming Spirit Has Been Key to His Bright Start

Thursday July 20th, 2017

New Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke has said the welcoming spirit at the club has really helped him settle in following his move from Chelsea.

The 19-year-old netted his first goal for the club in the 2-0 pre-season win over Crystal Palace in Hong Kong.

Solanke starred for England in their U20 World Cup triumph and hopes to kick on with the Reds next season after an impressive start.

England's forward Dominic Solanke celebrates his goal during the U-20 World Cup semi-final football match between England and Italy in Jeonju on June 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
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"It was a fantastic night for me," he told Liverpoolfc.com"The fans were amazing today, they made a great atmosphere, so to get my first goal in these circumstances was amazing.

"The first two games I came close a couple of times but it was worth the wait."

Solanke is overjoyed with the reception he has received since his arrival, saying that he feels welcome at the club after joining their pre-season tour in the Far East.

"It's been a really good start to pre-season, getting to know the boys and coming away to Hong Kong," he added.

HONG KONG - JULY 19: Dominic Solanke of Liverpool celebrates after scores the first goal against Crystal Palace during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Hong Kong Stadium on July 19, 2017 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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"Everyone's made me feel very welcome, it's a great bunch of lads.

"To come away to Hong Kong and to work together to get fit, everyone needs each other, and they've made me feel welcome."

Divock Origi scored the other goal in the victory over the Eagles, giving Jurgen Klopp his second win in pre-season. A 3-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers was followed by a 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic.

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