Jürgen Klopp confirms deadline day deal is off

Ovie Ejaria’s ankle injury and subsequent layoff has deterred Leeds United from making an offer before tonight’s 11 pm deadline.

In a season that has gone from brilliant to very shaky in the space of a few weeks, one thing has remained a constant and that has been the prospect of the youth at Liverpool. When Jürgen Klopp came to the club, he brought with him the reputation for promoting young players to the first team and he has wasted no time in following that up on Merseyside.

This season, Ovie Ejaria, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn have all played for the first team and have impressed massively. The latter is the youngest ever goalscorer for the club, breaking Michael Owen’s record.

Ejaria, a powerful and skilful midfielder, has had a great breakthrough season and despite injuring his ankle in Liverpool’s frustrating FA Cup loss to Wolves, remains one to watch.

Klopp revealed at his press conference yesterday that Ejaria had injured his ankle against Wolves at Anfield and that he’ll miss a number of weeks through recovery. This will see any chance of Leeds United taking him on loan vanish.

“Ovie, a lot of people thought what were they doing? He has ruptured something downstairs,” Klopp said.

“He got a knock in the first half and got treatment at half-time. He woke up the next morning like this. He’s obviously out for a while. It’s not on the outside or inside of the ankle, it’s in between.”

Ejaria is certainly a player that will have a future at Liverpool but given that there aren’t any more cup games for him to play this season, it’s likely that once he returns from injury, he’ll feature more heavily for the reserves than for the first team.

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