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Opinion: A loan move could be the stepping stone for Liverpool’s talented 21-year-old starlet

Loan move to Stade de Reims the perfect opportunity for Ojo

Liverpool have made a brilliant start to their Premier League campaign after concluding it in dismal fashion against Real Madrid last season. The Reds have accumulated all 12 points from their opening four games.

But the Reds have also been busy in other areas apart from the pitch. With the European transfer window now closed, Liverpool have sent star youth academy product Sheyi Ojo on a season-long loan deal to Ligue 1 outfit Stade De Reims. (Liverpool FC)

The winger played a starring role for Jurgen Klopp in pre-season but with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane completing a star-studded frontline, Ojo would have barely featured for the club. And given that Liverpool signed Xherdan Shaqiri to offer depth and cover, it’s clear that Ojo needed to move on for first-team chances.

Sheyi Ojo

The 21-year-old has so far only been able to make a total of 13 competitive appearances for the Reds, scoring 1 goal in that time. But the winger played well for Fulham last season, making a total of 22 appearances and scoring 4 goals. Ojo played a major role in Fulham making their way back into the Premier League.

The winger can now focus on lifting the spirits at a Stade De Reims side that is currently 8th on the table after picking up 2 wins from the opening four games of the season. The winger will certainly provide a new dimension to David Guion’s side. They were promoted from the second division in the summer after clinching the title last season.

Ojo is extremely fast on the ball and loves to take on defenders, often leaving them behind in his wake. Ojo is capable of playing in a number of different systems and formations. Under Klopp, he was often deployed as a left-winger but the youngster is capable of playing on either flank.

He’s technically very good and is excellent at picking the right pass in the final third. Ojo is devastating when cutting in from the wing and making his way through the centre. The winger’s light-footed movements allow him to easily win fouls outside the box. Ojo is impressive with his deliveries into the box as well and can track back to support the defence.

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A move away is the right option for the Liverpool youngster in order to develop himself as a footballer. Away from the English cameras and the limelight, Ojo will receive the required game time to unleash his full potential in the coming years.

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