As Reds fans see exciting rumour after exciting rumour shot down by a combination of their own dubious merits and denials from club-connected journalists, it continued to be the outgoing column that sees the most action thus far in the 2019 summer transfer window.
With Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno leaving the club following the expiration of their respective contracts, and Danny Ings completing his transfer to Southampton, fringe senior players are becoming few and far between at Anfield, and attention is turning toward the club’s young talents. Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic have already turned heads both domestically and abroad — sparking rumours of both temporary and permanent deals — while Ryan Kent’s future seems up in the air following a successful loan spell in Scotland last year.
Looking to emulate that success is Sheyi Ojo. After making his way into the first team back in 2016, the winger’s progression has seemingly stagnated, and loan spells at Fulham and Stade Reims have failed to yield the desired playing time and development. Enter Steven Gerrard. The Reds legend and current Rangers manager had mixed success with his previous Liverpool loanees — the aforementioned Kent was crowned the Scottish PFA’s young player of the year, while Ovie Ejaria was sent home midway through the season — and is now looking to reinvigorate the career of Ojo.
Whether this move turns out to be the right one for Ojo — who turns 22 tomorrow — remains up the air, but at the very least, it looks as though he’ll have a chance at getting significant minutes, which should hopefully translate into continued development.