Many clubs have expressed an interest in signing Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo on loan, according to coach.
Liverpool could send Sheyi Ojo on loan this season, according to quotes attributed to under 21s manager Michael Beale in the Echo.
The 17 year-old is one of the hottest prospects for the future at the club, and Beale was impressed with his charge’s performance against Manchester United U21s – despite having to play him in an unfamiliar role.
“Sheyi played out of position tonight to accommodate five really attacking players we had on the pitch. There’s a lot of interest around him in terms of loan.
“I think if you look at the game at Chester (Youth Cup win over Derby where Ojo starred) and tonight they were completely different levels. People have to remember Sheyi is only 17 and he’s still a scholar, he’s got a lot to develop and he was playing against McNair who is 22, there’s a big difference.
“Cos Sheyi’s got so much promise we sometimes want something earlier than it’s able to come. We’ll keep supporting Sheyi, I’m sure he’ll get there.”
A technically sound winger blessed with lightning pace, Ojo can also play up front – which could prove useful if Brendan Rodgers continues with his striker-less formation spearheaded by Raheem Sterling.
While Shrewsbury Town have been the strongest linked side, Beale suggested there were larger clubs interested than the League One hopefuls.
“You might be surprised, there’s a couple of clubs bigger than that interested in him,” continued the coach.
“We’ve got to make sure it’s the right thing for Sheyi and if he goes out that he’s going to play and if he’s not going to play, he’s got to get access – like Conor Randall tonight who’s at Shrewsbury – to come back and play for us.
“None of the players that go out, even if maybe from the outside it’s ‘oh, he hasn’t played every game or he ain’t scored a goal’ they come back better players, they come back more aware of what it takes, more aware of what a men’s dressing room is like. He’s in there (LFC dressing room) with a lot of other 17 year olds so who’s mentoring him in terms of a player?
“We’ve got a very good player on our hands there, he’s not the only one, we’ve got four or five others that we’re very keen on as well. It’s all about the decisions we make now for him and with him to help him get to the next level. But I’m certainly glad he’s in my dressing room and nobody else’s.”