Jürgen Klopp has claimed that Sheyi Ojo's long-term future lies at Liverpool after the "wonderful" winger impressed while playing for the first team during the 2-0 victory over AC Milan on Saturday (30 July). Yet, the German manager suggested that he may need to move on loan somewhere else for the 2016-2017 campaign to secure more playing time, following the summer arrivals of Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum.
The 19-year-old winger already made a good impression for the Merseysiders in the second part of last season after being recalled from his loan at Wolverhampton during the January transfer window. He took the most of the opportunity under Klopp to make eight appearances in the Premier League and further three in the FA Cup, providing four assist in the process while scoring a goal in the 3-0 victory replay over Exeter City.
However, his short-term future at Liverpool came under scrutiny after Klopp increased the competition for places in his attacking flanks with the big money arrivals of Mane and Wijnaldum from Southampton and Newcastle in deals reportedly worth £34m ($45m, €40.24m) and £25m respectively.
Yet, Ojo recently claimed that he was ready to fight for his place after revealing that he had turned down the possibility to extend his summer holidays in a bid to impress Klopp during the pre-season.
So following his participation with England at the Under-19 European Championship he travelled to the US to join the Liverpool pre-season, making an instant impact to provide Roberto Firmino the second goal of the game in the win over Milan after coming off the bench.
Klopp is convinced that the "wonderful" winger has a long-term future at Liverpool but is yet to make a decision on whether he should move on loan somewhere else during the current transfer window in order to secure regular time. Liverpool also have the likes of Philipe Coutinho, Firmino and Lallana in the position, but they recently sold other academy student Jordon Ibe to AFC Bournemouth.
"We have to see. He's a wonderful player for sure and his future is 100% at Liverpool," Klopp said when asked about the future of the youngster who has already spent time on loan at Wolverhampton and Wigan. "I don't think we have to make a decision so early, we have time and we have to use the time. He has already had a few injuries, not the biggest but in the wrong place, I would say. We have to be cool and train to make the boys as fit as possible.
"Ojo has been with us for five days or something, he came directly from the U19 tournament. We will see but his future is at Liverpool."