DOMINIC Solanke feels he has “something to prove” after joining Cherries.

The 21-year-old striker last week departed Liverpool for a fee understood to be around £17.5million, with add-ons potentially increasing that figure.

Solanke scored one goal in 27 outings for the Reds last season having arrived from Chelsea, where he made one appearance.

But the frontman boasts an impeccable record at youth level on the club and international scene.

He won the FA Youth Cup twice with Chelsea, as well as the European Under-17 Championship and Under-20 World Cup with England – alongside Lewis Cook.

Currently sidelined and not expected back until next month, Solanke said: “You’ve always got something to prove.

“I’m looking forward to being here and, hopefully, getting some game time and showing everyone what I can do.

“It is a bit annoying right now being injured but hopefully when I get back on the pitch I can start doing what I came here for.

“Every footballer wants to play, especially when you are young.”

Asked if he had chatted with Cook prior to making the switch to the south coast, Solanke said: “I didn’t speak to him about the move.

“I didn’t really want to say anything until it went through. I have known him for years through England and it was nice to see a familiar face.”