Arsenal let Ovie Ejaria go two years back and now the 18-year-old is arguably regarded as the most talented talented teenage prospect at Liverpool, alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn.
The rangy midfielder made his full debut for the first-team in the EFL Cup win over Spurs this week, putting in a composed performance in the centre of the park that belied his years.
Why Arsenal released him we really cannot work out, but their loss is very much our gain…
The player himself has says it affected his confidence early on, but that he’s now happy at Liverpool and looking forward to his future with us.
“It was tough,” the England U20 man told the Mirror. “And it came as a bit of a shock, to be honest.
“But I was fortunate enough to have offers from a number of clubs at different levels, some others in the London area and some up north too.
“I chose Liverpool and I’m pleased that I did.
“It’s happened so quickly. Twelve months ago I wouldn’t have thought that this would have taken place, but of course I’m very happy that it has.
“Things have changed in a short space of time for me but it’s been really good.”
We’ve drawn Leeds in the next round of the EFL Cup and with it being another home tie, we expect to see Ejaria starting in the middle again – in what’s bound to be a physical and feisty affair.
Ejaria is strong, technical and clever on the ball, which has led premature comparisons to Paul Pogba, primarily to wind up Manchester United fans who recognise they paid £89m for their asset, while ours arrived on a ree!