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Milner backs Solanke for bright future at LFC

06/22/2017, 6:15am MDT
By James Shaw

James Milner says he will use his experience to help youngster Dominic Solanke settle at Liverpool.

 

Liverpool star James Milner will use his experience to help new signing Dominic Solanke settle in at Anfield next season.

The 19-year-old striker, who is out of contract at Premiership rivals Chelsea this summer, will complete a switch to Merseyside on July 1st.

Liverpool will have to pay a compensation fee for the player, which will be decided by a tribunal.

Solanke helped England to win the under-20 World Cup in South Korea earlier this month and also scooped the Golden Ball award for his performances.

He will join Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and Paul Pogba on the list of Golden Ball winners – and Milner wants to help him fulfill that potential.

“He’s had a great summer and he’s a good young player coming through,” said Milner, who was talking at the Liverpool F.C. International Academy Utah.

“We’ve got a good young squad anyway and I think it is good to keep that going. Me being one of the older guys, hopefully I can help him come along.

“But I think he has shown that already this summer, with what he’s done, with England winning the World Cup.”

Solanke scored four goals in England’s successful under-20 World Cup campaign, including the winner against Mexico in the quarter-finals.

Those performances will have alerted Premiership defences his ability, with Liverpool also due for a return to the Champions League next season.

Milner added: “It is a big achievement to come out as the best player, especially if you look at the other names over the years who have been named the best player in that tournament.

“He’s up there with some of the best, and for him it is a massive confidence boost. If Liverpool fans didn’t know who he was, they do now.”

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