Who is Liverpool’s latest star compared to Raheem Sterling?

first_imgIt was only Exeter City, but last night provided Liverpool fans with a much-needed boost after a difficult and frustrating few weeks borne out of inconsistent results and a perplexing injury record.Why? Their kids proved they’re alright. The only blotch from the 3-0 FA Cup replay win was, yet again Christian Benteke’s performance, who has endured 180 goalless minutes against a League Two side.The brightest spark, however, was provided by 18-year-old Sheyi Ojo who duly became the club’s youngest ever FA Cup goalscorer with his beautiful 74th minute curler.Ojo, who had replaced Liverpool’s first goalscorer on the night Joe Allen, had only made his senior Reds debut in the initial tie 12 days previously and was arguably the most crucial figure across the two matches. Without his introduction at St James Park in the first game when Jurgen Klopp’s side were 2-1 down, Liverpool may very well have suffered the ignominy of a third-round exit.Instead, they welcome West Ham to Anfield at the end of the month.But who is Ojo? And can he have a big future?Full name: Oluwaseyi Babajide OjoPlace of birth: Hemel HempsteadAge: 18Squad number: 54Previous loan spells: Wigan, WolvesDid you know?– Liverpool paid £2m for his services in 2011 when he was just 14, beating off stiff competition from Chelsea.– He became the first MK Dons trainee to feature at international youth level. 2 Similarities with Sterling and Ibe:Any young winger coming through the Anfield ranks will understandably be compared with Liverpool’s most recent success stories in that position; Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe.Sterling went from peripheral figure to first-team regular to £49m English record transfer in the space of 18 months, while Ibe is experiencing a similarly rapid trajectory. Ojo is certainly as eye-catching with the ball at his feet and his left-footed preference makes him a bit more of a joker in the pack than the other two. His goal last night also suggested a capacity for composure and, more importantly given Liverpool’s well-known profligacy, an end product.His performance levels at Wolves faded drastically towards the end of his loan deal in the Midlands, which indicates he may still be way off making a Premier League impression. Klopp, however, despite calling for patience with Ojo’s development, recognised his ‘importance’ to the side after essentially sparing their blushes across both ties.Ojo will hope the Reds can match his ambitions for the FA Cup this season, as it appears that is where he can thrive. Make an impact against West Ham next weekend and he could leave Klopp with little option but to consider him more regularly. Sheyi Ojo 2last_img

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