Sheyi Ojo reportedly drawing loan interest from 2 Premier League clubs

21 June 2017

Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo is reportedly a loan target for two Premier League clubs, after spending 2016/17 on the periphery on Merseyside.


Ojo made just two senior outings for the Reds last season, struggling with injuries throughout, with his appearances for the U23s also limited.

The 20-year-old did produce some strong form for the club’s academy side towards the end of the campaign, however, hinting at a return to prominence next season.

But according to the Mirror, this may be with another club, with both Newcastle United and Burnley credited with an interest in Ojo.

It was previously reported that at least two of Ojo, Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent would leave Liverpool on a temporary basis this summer.

And with the Reds turning down an approach from Celtic for 20-year-old Wales winger Harry Wilson in May, by process of elimination this would suggest Ojo and Kent would be the ones to depart.

Newcastle expressed interest in loaning Ojo last January, and with Rafa Benitez retaining strong connections with Liverpool, this is a move that could have legs.

The Magpies’ squad requires strengthening following their promotion to the Premier League, and Ojo could flesh out Benitez’s attacking ranks while gaining useful experience at senior level.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 7, 2017: Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo in action against Plymouth Argyle during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Joining Sean Dyche’s Burnley side may offer Ojo more chance of regular first-team football, however, with the Englishman’s squad needing an injection of quality after finishing 16th.

Dyche typically utilised George Boyd and Scott Arfield on the flanks last term, preferring to adopt a more conservative approach.

But with the Clarets struggling away from home throughout 2016/17, he may need to field a more adventurous setup, in which case Ojo would be the perfect opposite number to Robbie Brady.

Whether Klopp should part ways with Ojo this summer is questionable, though, given the added demands placed on his squad next season.

Liverpool are set to fight on four fronts in 2017/18, including in either the Champions League or the Europa League, and Klopp currently only has one senior winger in Sadio Mane.

Mohamed Salah will arrive shortly, in a deal worth up to £39 million, but Klopp will still need cover for his two first-choice wide options.

Ojo, who shone when called upon by the German in 2015/16, could provide that, particularly having been given a boost in confidence with his performances at the U20 World Cup with England.

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