Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has been turned down by the Reds in his bid to take Sheyi Ojo on loan to St. James’ Park next season.
With Newcastle back in the top flight after a single campaign down in the Championship, Rafa Benitez is eager to rebuild the squad to ensure it is capable of competing at a reasonable level.
At the very least the Magpies cannot countenance another relegation battle, but Benitez has always been a manager looking to challenge for silverware—which means an overhaul of the players at his disposal.
A move for Ojo was on the cards after he helped England U-20s win their World Cup tournament earlier in the summer and on first glance it would seem a decent move for the attacking midfielder.
But Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has vetoed the move, according to the Sunderland Echo, saying the 20-year-old won’t be leaving Anfield this summer.
Ojo only played twice last season for the Reds, both times against Plymouth in the FA Cup third round, and fell out of favour after losing form.
While the likes of Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn forced their way into the reckoning to make cameos in the Premier League, Ojo was left to watch on from the sidelines.
Clearly Klopp hasn’t lost all faith in the talented youngster, though, and turning down a loan approach will surely give Ojo a boost as he prepares to hit pre-season training—where he, along with the club’s other young hopefuls, will attempt to catch Klopp’s eye once more.