Ovie Ejaria isn't a name that many Liverpool fans will have been thinking about heading into Jürgen Klopp's first pre-season as Liverpool manager, but after another fine performance, the 18-year-old certainly looks like one to watch. Liverpool played top opposition for the first time in preparation for the new season, and although Liverpool lost to Chelsea, Ejaria was Liverpool's standout player.
After joining Liverpool from Arsenal two years ago, Ejaria has catapulted himself to being considered as one of the club's brightest prospects. His performances against lower league opposition secured a place in the senior squad for the pre-season tour of America. His enterprise, energy, and unpredictability have all been difficult for defenders to deal with. From impressing as a surprise starter against Tranmere Rovers to being considered as Liverpool's brightest player against Chelsea, Ejaria is making a name for himself.
Pre-season can be an excellent time for young players to put themselves in the thoughts of the management team and fans eager to witness the rise of the next bright young thing. Although Marko Grujić is older, he has been another pleasant surprise this summer. What's different with Ejaria, though, is the confidence and fearlessness in such a young player.
Any excessive excitement must be cautioned, but it's always good to see young players coming through. Jürgen Klopp is a manager who has spent his entire coaching career successfully working with and nurturing talented youths. It may be the case that there's another diamond for Klopp to polish. Only the offside flag ruled out what would have been a glorious assist and equaliser for Roberto Firmino. Whatever it is, the kid definitely has something.