Liverpool starlet Sheyi Ojo is hoping to replicate the rise of another former MK Dons talent, current Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli. Ojo, 19, could feature in Jurgen Klopp's first-team plans this season after fighting his way into the squad during the latter half of the 2015-16 campaign.
Like Alli, the England Under-19 international has cut his teeth at lower league level, impressing during loan spells with Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers. While he has just eight first-team appearances for the Reds under his belt, Ojo hopes to follow in the footsteps of Alli, who became a household name after a superb debut season in the top flight with Spurs.
Speaking to FourFourTwo, Ojo said: "Dele's with the England squad and doing well for Tottenham, and back then [while at MK Dons] he had the same swagger he has now. The step up he's made to the Premier League and the international stage is an inspiration for all young players. I'd like to follow in those footsteps.
"Last season was a memorable season for me. It went really well and I learned a lot as a player and a person. I'm looking to use that this season. I'm not where I want to be yet. There are a lot of things that I need to do and a lot of hard work needs to be put in for me to get there. My main aim is to break into the first team on a full-time basis, and keep progressing."
Ojo, who was on target for Klopp's side in a friendly against Roma on Tuesday (2 August), could yet leave Merseyside on loan this season, however.
"I don't know. We will have to see," Klopp said when asked about the young forward, Sky Sports reports. "Sheyi is a wonderful player that's for sure and his future is 100% at Liverpool. We don't have to make decisions so early.
"We have time and we have to use the time. We have had some injuries. We need to make the boys as fit as possible."