Alex Rogers waxes eloquent about what a star Sheyi Ojo is and will be for Liverpool.
Sheyi Ojo is a player that’s been exciting Liverpool players for a good while now, impressing hugely at the end of last season. Now with a good personal preseason and a great Euros with the England u-19s, is it possible that he could be in the first team next season?
Yes, Ojo is only 19 years old, it would be quite unlikely for him to be starting every for game for us. But even having a place on the bench would be great, being a good impact player off the bench like he showed he could do last season would help his development hugely.
Even starting a game every now and again would definitely not hurt. He’s already proven that he’s got heaps of raw talent, and the best way to harvest that potential is through hard work and minutes on the pitch.
With Ibe off for Bournemouth, his obvious replacement would be Ojo, another young pacy winger with bags of potential. Hopefully Ojo can make use of the chances he gets in the first team, like how Ibe, unfortunately, couldn’t manage too.
A nice fact that I read today was that Ojo has been involved in 12 goals in his last 13 appearances for club and country. That’s pretty impressive for a guy who just turned 19 last month!
An assist I remember vividly in my mind from Ojo was actually in April against Stoke. It was a very nice assist to say the least. For those of you that can’t quite remember it, let me remind you.
Young Sheyi Ojo, on his full Premier League debut I must add, finds himself in a promising wide position with the ball at his feet and only has one player to beat to give him the room for a devastating cross. Who is this player that impedes our young hero? None other than Xherdan Shaqiri. Yes, the player who turned us down, the mighty Liverpool, only to end up at Stoke, challenges Ojo to a battle of wits and skill. But what does our protagonist do? He only skins Shaqiri with his blistering pace and leaves him for dead! Now the hard part, he looks up to see the powerful figure of Daniel Sturridge arriving in the box, but even if he didn’t see Sturridge, he would’ve sensed the aura of the mighty Daniel. He whips in a delicious floating cross into his teammate and Sturridge swings his neck muscles at the ball! Yes! He’s done it! Ojo on his Premier League debut! It’s a Christmas miracle!
Yeah, I rate that assist quite highly. Moving on, Ojo’s Euros was also personally impressive, having a hand in a goal every 54 minutes and assisting 4 throughout the whole competition. Unfortunately, the England u-19s crashed out in the semis to Italy (when I say unfortunately, I don’t mean for England. I’m from Scotland. I mean for Ojo personally).
With Ojo seemingly becoming a bit of upcoming star, who’s to say Klopp couldn’t make him a star? Ojo is a lump of coal, and Klopp is the one to make him into the diamond he’s meant to be. I look forward to seeing much more of Sheyi next season. Who needs Leroy Sane when we’ve got Ojo!