Jerome Sinclair’s debut inspiring Sheyi Ojo to push for first-team chance

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Liverpool U21 star Sheyi Ojo is hoping that Jerome Sinclair will not be the only member of the academy side that is given his chance by Brendan Rodgers.

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The young striker was a second-half replacement for Rickie Lambert during Sunday’s draw against Chelsea, after making a great impression in the youth side this season.

The 17-year-old revealed that he was delighted that Sinclair was given a chance to shine on a stage like Stamford Bridge, and his inclusion has inspired his teammates, according to the club’s official website.

“I was really happy for Jerome, who I am close with,” he said.

“It’s a boost for me and everyone at the Academy to see Jerome get his chance, and hopefully some of the other lads in the team can make that step up as well,” he added.

Ojo – who enjoyed a promising loan spell at Championship side Wigan Athletic earlier this year – is having a similar impact, and is therefore, putting his name into the hat to be handed his first-team debut.

With two games that bear very little importance – apart from making sure that Steven Gerrard enjoys a good send-off – ahead of us, it would make sense, with the talent we have got in our U21 side, for Brendan Rodgers to throw a couple of the talented youngsters in.

Nearly 17 years ago, an 18-year-old by the name of Steven Gerrard was handed his chance. Over 500 appearances later, it’s fair to say that experiment worked.

Ojo’s got ability, and we’d like to see him get a run-out.

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