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 read more

State home sales slide

first_imgMore proof that the long-anticipated real estate market chill is gaining traction arrived in November as sales of previously-owned homes fell an annual 11.2 percent in California, while prices continued their run of double digit gains, a trade association said Thursday. But for the first time in 47 months, the median price of a home in two Santa Barbara County markets declined from its prior annual level, according to the California Association of Realtors. For all of Santa Barbara County the median fell 2.8 percent since last year to $650,000, while along the county’s more upscale South Coast the median price declined 7.1 percent to $1.12 million. The median, the midpoint of prices, increased in the 17 other major markets tracked by the Los Angeles-based association. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Association president Vince Malta said that it now appears that the statewide median price for the entire year will increase by the previously anticipated 16 percent from 2004. Price swings are not unusual in Santa Barbara County, but the overall market is showing signs of change. “I definitely think this is more evidence that the peak has passed, and we’re leveling off – and in some markets people are holding onto the edge of their chairs to see if a bubble is going to burst under them,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. But sales could still finish the year in record territory thanks to robust activity in Southern California, which resulted in record prices in Los Angeles County and the High Desert in November. But the Bay Area and Central Valley totals will fall below last year’s levels, said Robert Kleinhenz, deputy chief economist for the association. “We knew we’d see a bit of a decline relative to the 2004 number, but it was steeper than we anticipated,” he said of the sales drop. If the entire year matched November’s sales pace, about 579,560 properties would have change hands. That’s the first under-600,000-unit sales pace since the end of last year, he said. Rising interest rates contributed to the sales drop, Kleinhenz said, by pushing some buyers into the market sooner rather than later in the year. The statewide median price of $548,400 was a 1.8 percent rise from October. The forecasted soft landing for the market, with fewer sales and a less robust rate of annual appreciation, is still anticipated, the association said. During November: !bbox! In Los Angeles, the median home price jumped an annual 21.2 percent to $575,310, while sales dipped 4.8 percent. !bbox! In the High Desert, which includes the Antelope Valley, the median price soared 29.2 percent, the biggest gain in the state, to $320,860. Numbers for Ventura County were not available. Inventory, while still tight, improved to a 3.9-month supply versus 2.8 months a year ago. This is how long it would take to deplete the supply at the current sales pace. The interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan averaged 6.33 percent during November, up from 5.73 percent a year ago. Kyser said it will take a while for a trend to set in, but some markets bear watching. “The traditional canary-in-the-mineshaft San Diego has prices moving sideways. It’s going to be interesting to watch this over the next couple of months,” he said. — Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more