Matthew Sinton examines what the future holds for Ojo, with reports emerging that the winger could leave either on loan or on a permanent basis.
Wednesday morning saw confirmation that Ben Woodburn is a Blade, with the 18-year-old moving to Sheffield on a season-long loan deal.
Last season, he seemingly made little to no progress on his breakout 16/17 season, with 0 starts and just 50 minutes of first-team football all season; this summer was the right time for him to go out and get some experience before his development really stalls.
Since our front three are all definite starters – and Xherdan Shaqiri is now providing competition – any chance of substantial game time outside the cup competitions looks unlikely for our young forwards.
Harry Wilson has already departed on loan to Derby County and Sheyi Ojo looks set to do the same. Like Wilson, one of the top 8 Championship clubs seems a likely destination for the 21-year-old.
Since showing so much promise when he broke onto the scene in 2016, two injuries during the following season and his loan at Fulham have really stalled his progress.
It’s a shame as Klopp does seem to rate him, but it seems the competition for a place in our front three is just too great for him.
Klopp said: “Here it is a little bit difficult, especially for the offensive players Ojo played a fantastic pre-season, really good and confident technically anyway, really strong, improved a lot in tactical things and his attitude was great.
“For me, he is a no-brainer, to be honest, and I think that will happen. It makes sense for him to go on loan. That’s how it is for a few of the others.”
At 21 years of age, Sheyi will not be considered a young player for much longer, so I expect that this will be his last loan move before a decision is made on his long-term future.
I’ve always had a soft spot for him so I hope he can really show what he’s got this season and make his way into Klopp’s plans.
As sad as it is though, with both Mané and Salah coming into their prime years the future looks bleak for him at Liverpool and he may have to move on for the good of his career.