Liverpool could be forced to pay massive fee after Dominic Solanke's England call-up

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It has been quite a year for Liverpool's Dominic Solanke.

The 20-year-old signed for the Reds in May on a pre-contract deal from Chelsea, having been unable to agree terms to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.

He then was a key part of the England under-20 squad that won the World Cup in South Korea, scoring four goals, including a brace in the semi-final against Italy, and was awarded the Golden Ball as player of the tournament.

Solanke has gone on to make 10 appearances in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp's side, though just one of those has been from the start, against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup.

The forward scored in England under-21's 2-0 win over Ukraine last Friday, and has since been rewarded with his first ever call up to the senior squad.

However, Solanke's recognition by Gareth Southgate could have financial repercussions for Liverpool.

When the Reds signed the ex-Chelsea starlet, they had to agree a fee with the West Londoners as he is under the age of 24, which they weren't able to do, seeing a £3m bid turned down.

This means that the clubs will go to a tribunal where the fee will be decided, though no date has yet been set for this.

Leicester City v Liverpool - Carabao Cup Third Round

With Solanke's call-up and potential first cap against Brazil, Chelsea are now hopeful that they will be able to command a staggering £10m fee for their former youth player.

The Blues wanted that much for him in the summer, but it seemed hugely unlikely they would get that for a player who made just one senior appearance for the club he was at from the age of eight.

Chelsea FC v NK Maribor - UEFA Champions League

Solanke is clearly a huge prospect for the future, and his exposure to more first-team action at Liverpool will only help enhance his talents.

And it seems like the Reds will be forced to pay more than triple the £3m they thought they were getting him for in May, all thanks to Gareth Southgate's England injury crisis.

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