Solanke shines for Liverpool in friendly

New signing Dominic Solanke came off the bench to score as Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in a preseason game in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Th e 19-year-old suggested he could prove a summer bargain at just $4 million as he linked up well with fellow striker Divock Origi, who also got on the scoresheet in the Premier League Asia Trophy win. “It’s been a smart move for him and for us,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told reporters. “He saw the opportunity and we could see it also. You could see immediately he is a smart player. He’s a skilled boy and we are happy about this. We will help him all we can.”

Origi set up the fi rst goal for Liverpool on the hour mark with a clever back-heel that found Solanke unmarked and the teenager made no mistake, fi nishing coolly in the stifl ing Hong Kong heat. Origi then rifl ed home Liverpool’s second in the 79th minute, to the delight of a crowd of 40,000. Liverpool will face Leicester City in the Asia Trophy fi nal on Saturday after the Foxes won the earlier match 7-6 on penalties over West Bromwich Albion following a 1-1 stalemate in normal time

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