During Liverpool's preseason period, Sheyi Ojo, who flashed brilliance toward the end of last campaign, continued to display his immense talent. It wasn't out of the question that he would work his way into the team's attacking rotation, even though it has plenty of threats going forward.
So when he sustained a back injury in the latter part of the summer, his development stalled at a dissapointing moment. This past week, however, he finally made it back on the pitch with the u-23 team in a match against Leicester City.
Later this season, Ojo said, Klopp intends to use him as a weapon for the senior team.
"[Klopp] has mentioned to me that he wants to give me an opportunity which is nice," Ojo said (via the Echo). "I'm grateful for that because as a young player you don't get many opportunities at a massive club like Liverpool. So I have to knuckle down, keep working hard and get as many minutes as I can with the reserves and try and prove to the manager that I'm ready. Hopefully I'll get my opportunity soon."
That optimism has not been easy to come by in recent months for the youngster. But after going through "a tough time," he's feeling much better, a positive sign for fans hoping to see more from him in the near future.
"Being injured is the worst thing in a football career," Ojo said. "I have had to battle on and grind through it and I played my first 90 minutes two days ago. It was nice and I'm feeling good - I'm feeling stronger every day in training and in matches and hopefully I can push on now."