Noel Whelan urged Sheyi Ojo to seek a permanent move away from Liverpool this summer having spent the last season on loan at Rangers.
The former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 22-year-old has reached the stage in his career in which he needs “regular, competitive football” for a sustained period.
The winger will return to Anfield after the Scottish Premiership was curtailed on Monday, bringing his loan deal with the Gers to an abrupt end.
As revealed by Football Insider, the club have no plans to convert the former England under-21 international’s season-long loan deal into a permanent one.
Ojo made scored five and assisted seven in 36 appearances for Steven Gerrard’s side but featured predominantly as a substitute, particularly in the latter half of the season.
When asked by Football Insider if the time had come for the attacker to leave Anfield on a permanent deal, Whelan said: “When players have been here, there and everywhere out on loan it can be very unsettling.
“It is disappointing when you cannot break into a first-team but it is probably more unsettling chopping and changing clubs regularly.
“Now he is at that stage of his career and life that he needs to have three good years at a club – make a name for himself.
“There is definite talent there but he needs to be playing regular, competitive football. He needs that fitness and belief back.
“A permanent move? That would be fantastic for him.”
Ojo has also had loan spells at Reims, Wolves, Wigan Athletic and Fulham despite having only signed his first professional contract in 2014.
The winger put pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal at Anfield in August 2018.
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