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Solanke: Drogba was my icon

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Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke admitted as a kid, he idolised former Chelsea star Didier Drogba

The 20-year-old revealed that he took inspiration from the 39-year-old legend while growing up in the Blues academy, GOAL reports.

The ex-Blues attacker said his favourite player was Drogba, as Chelsea’s offense was built up around the Ivorian striker, and he was the main man of every attack.

Didier Drogba is a two-time African Player of the Year, and he was elected the best player of Chelsea ever by the supporters of the club.

The African forward spent two spells at Chelsea, and at the end of the first one in 2012, he helped the London-based club to win their first Champions League trophy.

Besides winning multiple Premier League titles and domestic cup trophies, Drogba finished his career at the Blues with 164 goals, which earned him the fourth place on the all-time top scorer list of the club.

Thanks to his brilliance, Drogba was an idol to many kids growing up, including Solanke.

The English attacker, who moved to Liverpool this summer, admitted his source of inspiration was the lethal Ivorian.

“My idol was Didier Drogba when I was younger, when I was at Chelsea he was the main man, so I looked up to him,” Solanke told London Evening Standard.

Many believe Solanke is on his way to greatness, as the youngster made his debut for England in their friendly against Brazil on Tuesday, which ended 0-0.

At club level, the talented attacker will be looking for his eight Premier League game this season on Saturday, as Liverpool will host Southampton.

The reds are battling for a Champions League spot, as they are currently fifth-placed, being 12-points behind league leaders Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s team will need all the firepower they can get, and maybe Solanke can contribute to their success, just like Drogba once did at Chelsea.