Another loan move confirmed for Sheyi Ojo – where does he feature in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool plan?

By Daniel Moxon – @dmoxon_

Another year, another loan for Sheyi Ojo with the youngster yet to feature prominently in Jurgen Klopp’s plans. Next month he will join up with Scottish giants Rangers as the latest Red to fulfil a loan spell at Ibrox under the tenure of Steven Gerrard.

Ryan Kent was voted PFA Young Player of the Year for his performances north of the border last season, while Ovie Ejaria failed to impress and was sent back to Melwood early. Liverpool will be hoping that Ojo can emulate the former, but this fifth loan spell in as many years raises questions over the plan for his development.

Signed as a promising 14-year-old in late-2011, the London-born prospect was touted as a star of the future. However, while he has shown promise at times, continuous temporary moves have rarely given him regular playing time.

His 24 appearances for Fulham in 2017/18 is the most he’s ever managed in a season, while his spell at Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims last term yielded only 18 showings and one single goal in the Coupe de la Ligue loss to US Orleans.

Regardless of how he fares in Glasgow over the next campaign, it’s hard to see where the Englishman fits in to the grand plan at Liverpool. He will turn 23 next summer, surely an age where ‘prospect’ is no longer an accurate tag.

Despite this, it appears Jurgen Klopp anticipates a future for the winger at Anfield. He signed a contract extension last summer, and Football Insider reports that he has agreed to a new five-year deal prior to his move to Rangers.

It isn’t like Liverpool to tie down young players for such lengths unless they see a first-team role for them at some point, so it’s safe to say that Ojo is part of the plan.

If anything, this latest development only places further scrutiny on the situation of Harry Wilson. The Welshman enjoyed a productive season on loan at Frank Lampard’s Derby County, and returns to Merseyside with a burgeoning reputation.

Questions remain, however, as to whether he will get a shot in the LFC first team. The club believe they can charge around £25m for the player, with the likes of Leeds United interested.

It’s possible that the club will give Wilson a shot at Anfield after his 18-goal season at Derby, but their double-down on Sheyi Ojo might put Wilson’s Liverpool dream at risk.


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