Rangers have identified Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo as a replacement for the injured Jamie Murphy. The 21-year-old is not a part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans for the season and is expected to go out on loan to get some valuable first team experience under his belt.
Rangers’ winger Murphy severely damaged his anterior cruciate ligament and according to Steven Gerrard, the Scotland international will miss the remainder of the season. This comes as a meaty blow for the boss as he has already spent all summer reinventing the side and add to his squad. Having lost one of his integral players, Gerrard is currently scratching his head over a potential replacement or a short-term fix.
Ojo signed for the Merseyside club at the age of 14 for a fee close to £2 million. Three years on, he became the joint top scorer in the U-17 Future Cup. After a couple of short loan spells at Wigan and Wolverhampton, the explosive winger made his competitive Liverpool debut in January 2016.
He gained further recognition and garnered praise by helping Fulham’s promotion last season, where he made 24 appearances. In a total of 66 first-team appearances, he has scored eight goals.
Ojo possesses expressive pace that helps his wriggle and flip-flap past opponents with aplomb. He is a fearless, confident young lad, who injects energy into proceedings. Although he needs to mature and polish his finishing skills, he is quite an asset at 21 years of age. Also to mention, he would thrive under the able stewardship of the former Liverpool captain.
Owing to his attacking finesse and experience gained at such a young age, Sheyi Ojo could be the right man for Gerrard’s attacking setup. While the Teddy Bears already have the likes of Candeias and Ryan Bent, Ojo could offer dynamism of a different brand to the line-up.
Steven Gerrard and co. must snap him up before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August.