Liverpool attacker steps up comeback bid with first appearance in four months
By Will Butcher
Sheyi Ojo stepped up his bid to return to the Liverpool first team squad after starring for the club’s development side against West Brom on Tuesday night.
The 19-year-old ace featured for the full 90 minutes alongside fellow returning ace Joe Gomez, as Michael Beale’s side stuttered to just a point with a 1-1 draw in the Premier League Cup.
Ojo revealed his delight on his personal Twitter account that he is going from “strength to strength” in his bid to make a full recovery and regain his place in Jurgen Klopp’s first team.
Ojo shined after playing his first full 90 minutes in four months, providing an assist for youngster Cameron Brannagan to find the net.
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Ojo had been sidelined since pre-season, after injuring his back during the Merseyside giants’ tour of America in which he had shown plenty of promise including a goal against AC Milan.
Liverpool boasted EFL Cup stars such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and record-breaking striker Ben Woodburn after his goal against Leeds last week.
Liverpool’s number 54 has made 11 appearances in all competitions following his debut against Exeter in January 2016, in the FA Cup.
The highly-rated attacker has even scored for the Reds during his short Anfield career, netting in the return fixture against Exeter in a 3-0 replay win after drawing 2-2 in the original tie.
Football Insider verdict:
With Philippe Coutinho and Danny Ings sidelined and doubts over the fitness of Adam Lallana and Robert Firmino, manager Jurgen Klopp will be delighted to have the former Wigan loanee available to him once again ahead of Sunday’s clash against West Ham. The former Borussia Dortmund boss will be hoping his side can compound the misery on the relegation threatened Hammers with three points, and Ojo could play his part after turning heads towards the end of last season and in pre-season. His skill on the ball, ability to glide past an opponent and cut inside to curl the ball on goal could prove the difference against the Hammers.
In other Liverpool team news, Klopp has also received a boost at the back.