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Sheyi Ojo Targeting Jordon Ibe's Development Path

Could Ojo be on the path to a regular spot in the first-team squad?

Essential practice for joing the Liverpool first-team squad.
Essential practice for joing the Liverpool first-team squad.
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A number of Liverpool youngsters on loan have returned to Melwood so that Jürgen Klopp can take a closer look at them. Maybe he'll give them a pat on the head, a big hug, and tell all concerned that they can conquer the world. Klopp has a track record of bringing young players through and benefiting from their continued presence in the first-team squad, which will be of particular interest for young players trying to make a mark at Liverpool.

For Sheyi Ojo, Klopp's words were gratefully received and have given the youngster confidence in his future at the club. Ojo is on a season-long loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers and has registered two goals as well as three assists in 502 minutes in The Championship.

He’s just said to me to keep my head down, keep working hard and obviously we’ll just see what the future holds, I think he’s come to see me a couple of times which is nice to hear and hopefully I can keep on improving and keep on doing well. With the right guidance I think I can do well in this team. I’m still learning and I’m still young so I’ll just see how it goes and see what the manager wants me to do.

It's a great time to be a talented young winger at Anfield, and considering that Ojo is only 18, he could be the next attacking fledgling to break through. Raheem Sterling has come through, risen to prominence, and subsequently moved on. Jordon Ibe flashed briefly, went on loan, returned early, promised much, struggled, and is back in the team again. Ojo is certainly paying attention to a particular path that possesses parallels with his own.

He went out on loan last season and then got recalled back so it goes to show that if you do well on loan you get the chance to be called back and go straight into the first team. That's my main aim to keep doing well and I do get the call back, I just need to impress the manager. I'm learning now at Wolves and getting more experience but the main aim is to come back and impress the manager, and hopefully I can start playing for Liverpool on a regular basis.

It's good to know that youngsters like Ryan Kent and Sheyi Ojo are being looked at more closely by Klopp, and it seems inevitable that one or two young players will become regular members of the team's first-team squad over the next year or so. Ojo will be hoping that he'll be counted on in the future and become the next speedy young support forward to break through from the youth ranks.

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