The pacy attacked lined up on the left hand side and as it is his favourite position it came as no surprise that he and the rest of the U21 side dominated Middlesbrough for the majority of the game. The Reds went behind to a goal from Arnel Jakupovic.
Ojo’s first goal came after good combination play with Jerome Sinclair. He blasted a shot in with his left foot to bring the game level. He scored a second just before halftime, showing great technical ability by cutting in from the left and scoring brilliantly past Middlesbrough keeper, Joseph Fryer. Jakupovic also scored his second of the game, this time from the penalty spot to tee up a nervy finale.
Sinclair was involved in another of Ojo’s goals as he was fouled in the box and won a penalty. Ojo duly stepped up and despatched it into the back of the neat sealing his hat-trick and the win for the U21 Liverpool team.
Despite being delighted to win so emphatically Ojo was clear on the fact that his ambition remains to make it into the first team as Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe have both done.
“Hopefully I can impress the manager whenever I get the opportunity. I have to keep trying to do well for the under-21s, keep learning and try to push on from here.
“It was nice to get a hat-trick but try main focus was to get the three points. I should have scored even more goals and I need to work on that but it was a great win for us.”
Jürgen Klopp will be pleased to know that he has such exciting attacking prospects coming through the youth ranks like Ojo, but also Jerome Sinclair and Ryan Kent. Klopp has already shown that when he needs to he will call on his youth to do a job, as happened against Exeter City. Ojo and his teammates should take encouragement from the fact that Klopp could call them up any day if he felt they were ready.