By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo has revealed that he is determined to follow in the footsteps of his former MK Dons team-mate Dele Alli.
Ojo was recalled from his loan spell at Wolves in January, after showing promising signs with two goals and three assists in the Championship in 17 matches.
On his return to Anfield the 19-year-old winger was handed his debut in an FA Cup tie against Exeter, as the Reds juggled a mounting injury list and a busy fixture schedule.
He bagged his first and only Liverpool goal to date in a 3-0 replay victory against Exeter, and he went on to star in another nine matches for the Reds as the side focused on the Europa League final.
The youngster was brought to Anfield in 2011 from MK Dons, where he was a colleague of current England and Tottenham starlet Alli and the young Liverpool prospect is keen to emulate the PFA Young Player of the Year’s rise to stardom.
“Dele’s with the England squad and doing well for Tottenham, and back then (at MK Dons) he had the same swagger he has now,” said Ojo to FourFourTwo Magazine.
“The step up he’s made to the Premier League and the international stage is an inspiration for all young players. I’d like to follow in those footsteps.
“Last season was a memorable season for me. It went really well and I learned a lot as a player and a person. I’m looking to use that this season. I’m not where I want to be yet.
“There are a lot of things that I need to do and a lot of hard work needs to be put in for me to get there. My main aim is to break into the first team on a full-time basis, and keep progressing.”
Fellow wide-man Jordan Ibe left Liverpool for Bournemouth earlier this summer, which could result in more opportunities for Ojo to impress during the 2016-17 season.
The youngster also played a part in the England Under-19s squad in Germany this summer helping the Three Lions youth side make the semi-final stages, where they eventually suffered a 2-1 defeat against Italy.
In other Liverpool team news, Loris Karius has posted a message on Twitter revealing he has undergone “successful surgery” on his broken hand.