The Reason Why Liverpool Striker Isn’t Leaving Anfield For Palace

1 Posted by - January 3, 2019 - News

Just a few days ago, Crystal Palace looked to have all but finalised a move for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke but in the time that has passed since their 1-0 loss at home to Chelsea, it seems as though the Eagles have had a change of heart.

Having initially made quite a splash when swapping Stamford Bridge for Anfield at the start of the 2017/18 season, Dom has found himself completely out of the first-team picture under Jurgen Klopp this term, leading both he and the Reds’ hierarchy to search for a suitable short-term alternative in a bid to pick up some much needed match sharpness.

At first glance, Palace felt like the ideal destination for the 21-year-old but as the tweet from David Ornstein attached above explains, concerns over the frontman’s immediate readiness for action eventually led the club to put the brakes on a deal, as they begin to scour the market for a quicker fix.

There is every chance that Solanke would have come into the Palace side in a few weeks and proved to be a big success but for Roy Hodgson, the need for a goal-scoring threat is a pressing one; a fact which will prompt those working behind the scenes to seek out a striker who is ready and raring to go as soon as the ink on their contract is dry.

With the whole of January still to go I’m certain that Solanke will find an alternative to Palace, indeed Steven Gerrard’s Rangers have been credited with a major interest in him but having come so close to signing on the dotted line at Selhurst Park, I dare say the England U21 star is feeling a tad frustrated this morning.

Some things just aren’t meant to be.

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  • Mike Ward January 3, 2019 - 9:48 am Reply

    It’s all fine now.
    We’ve got Ayew firing on all cylinders, Wickham finding his way back from injury and Benteke shortly behind.
    I reckon Sorloth will probably get a hat trick against Grimsby at the weekend too.

    Or I might just be delirious after our glorious 0-2 win last night!

  • Holmesdale Monkey Nuts January 3, 2019 - 10:06 am Reply

    I think the kid may not been able to be fit to play for a month or two.

  • Gordon January 3, 2019 - 10:14 am Reply

    Was it just before the Chelsea game on Sunday that SP suggested the deal was nearly over the line? And then just after that game that RH revealed the deal was off? This was the impression I’d picked up from reports. If so, the timing is a bit puzzling.
    And then, according to the BBC report on last night’s game, RH when commenting on the matter twice said that “the club” had made a decision which, though he was evidently disappointed, he seemed to accept. I was fully expecting a concluding comment along the lines of “the Solanke deal has failed so we’re pursuing other options”. But no – the worrying comment he was quoted as saying at the end of the piece was “so we’ll make do with what we’ve got”.

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh January 3, 2019 - 10:16 am Reply

    What a cock up again. Parrish giving it the beans about the deal being completed when he had an underlying fitness issue the whole time

    Whilst it makes sense to avoid another striker with dodgy fitness its just classic Palace in the transfer market.

  • Rob January 3, 2019 - 10:42 am Reply

    Thought the deal failed as his not match fit and we don’t need another striker coming back from injury, least of all a loan player. Makes no sense to get him in this window.

    Who knows though, Benteke may come back and start scoring goals.

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