Liverpool reach emphatic decision on 19-year-old attacker - report
By Dominic Toner
Liverpool will not be sending youngster Sheyi Ojo out on loan, according to a report.
The Echo claim that Jurgen Klopp has no intention of loaning out the 19-year-old and believes he will be needed during the remainder of the season.
The report details that Championship leaders Newcastle are one of the teams who are keen to sign the attacker in the January transfer window, but it now seems impossible he will be leaving Anfield on loan.
Ojo has been on the fringes of the Liverpool squad this season and recently made his first appearance of the campaign in the FA Cup third-round match against Plymouth.
The left winger played the full 90 minutes in the goalless cup tie and will be hoping to get another chance to impress in the replay on Wednesday.
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He missed the first three months of the season with a serious back injury and has been unable to force his way into Klopp’s first-team since his return.
Ojo has enjoyed loan spells with Wigan and Wolves in the past two seasons, but is set to compete for a starting position for the rest of the year.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool are reluctant to allow Ojo to leave Anfield as they are still competing in the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup. However, the 19-year-old would surely be better served spending another spell away from Anfield on loan. He is very unlikely to force his way into the club’s starting line-up as he can’t get in the match day squad for the Premier League games. Ojo could experience a few cup matches during the rest of the season, but needs to be regular football to develop his game. Ojo has shown during loan spells that he has the potential to be a great player, but is not currently ready for Liverpool’s first-team.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club are set to complete a centre-back deal in the next 24 hours.