Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo has sent a reminder to Jurgen Klopp regarding the quality in the youth setup with a stellar performance for the Reds reserve side in the U21 Premier League. He scored a hat-trick for the second string during their 3-2 win over Middlesbrough at Hartlepool United's Victoria Park on 7 March. The German manager had indicated that wingers were one thing the Anfield outfit were short of, when he was asked about his plans for the summer.
Middlesbrough took the lead through Arnel Jakupovic, but Ojo cancelled it out after 33 minutes before giving the away side the lead in the second-half. The Teesiders opening goal scorer added a second in the hopes of denying the Merseyside club youngsters a win, but a penalty at the death, which was duly converted by the young Englishman, made sure they came away with all the points to make up for their loss against title chasers Sunderland in the previous fixture.
The 18-year-old wide player was on a season-long loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but was recalled by Klopp in January owing to an injury crisis that left the club with fewer attacking options. He was called upon by the manager for clashes in the League Cup and the FA Cup and made an impression when he scored a goal and assisted one during their third round win over Exeter City.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager has indicated that he is short of wingers and it is an area he will focus on while strengthening during the summer transfer window. However, he recently admitted that Lazar Markovic will be allowed to reclaim his place in the team following a poor debut season, which saw him loaned to Turkish outfit Fenerbahce for the current campaign.
Ojo, with his consistent performances has notched five goals in as many U21 appearances, will be another option for the manager to look at the end of the current campaign.
"I don't believe in the number of transfers but we have to make solutions and we will make solutions. Seven sounds really a lot. We have enough strikers – five with Roberto [Firmino] – but not too many wingers, just a few young ones with great potential," Klopp said, as quoted by the Guardian.