Steven Gerrard is close to bringing in Liverpool’s returning youngster Sheyi Ojo, who spent some time on loan at Reims last season, according to the Mirror. Rangers have now all but completed a loan deal for the 21-year-old winger as the same source claims and Ojo is even expected to meet his new team-mates in their pre-season training as early as next week.
Considering the young Englishman’s quality and some added experience at this early stage of his career, Rangers and Gerrard might have found an outstanding pick this summer. Here are two main reasons why Ojo is an ideal fit for the Ibrox outfit…
Finding a player who’s only 21 but has already been through the thick and thin side of football is a task easier said than done. But Ojo is seemingly one of those players and that’s definitely one of the reasons why Gerrard is right in making this move happen in the first place.
The youngster has already accumulated appearances in Ligue 1, the Championship and the Premier League, so the move to Scottish football will hardly constitute diving in at the deep end and seeing if he will sink or swim.
Although he left Reims with no goals or assists to his name, he boasted an impressive return for Liverpool at U-23 level, netting a total of 12 goals and assisting a further three in a total of 26 games played.
The quality and the talent are already present in this youngster and Jurgen Klopp appears to know it, with the club reportedly set to hand Ojo a new contract ahead of his loan exit.
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Kent’s impressive form was one of the feel-good stories of last season at Ibrox and although he has been strongly linked with a return this summer, there’s no guarantee that’ll happen amid claims more than ten clubs are courting the young winger’s services, including Leeds.
Ojo is an obvious replacement as a fellow wideman of similar age and eagerness to impress who can operate on either flank. But even if Gerrard does manage to bring Kent back for another season, bringing in Ojo as well is still a smart move. The duo come from the same academy setup and have played together 18 times previously for Liverpool at both first team and U23 level.
It’s not a huge amount of games but that little bit of familiarity, thrown in with Gerrard’s understanding of Liverpool’s ethos, could go a long way to helping Ojo hit the ground running in the Scottish capital.