Liverpool have decided to allow Ovie Ejaria to leave the club on a permanent basis instead of sending him elsewhere for a short-term loan deal.
That’s according to the Liverpool Echo who claim that reports of Reading being close to agreeing a deal are wide of the mark.
Ejaria spent the first half of last season on loan at Scottish club Rangers under the guide of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, but the deal was cut short and he moved to the Berkshire club.
And now Liverpool have chosen to move the 21-year-old on after signing a new long-term contract just 12 months ago – as per the club’s official site.
The Reds will likely fetch a decent fee for a player who has made two senior appearances for the club in three years, but it won’t come as welcome news for any players around the age of 20 that still find themselves on the fringes.
In an ideal world, Ejaria would be on the US tour at the minute and doing his best to grab Jurgen Klopp’s attention, but that ship has clearly sailed.
The U23s squad consists of a few players that I’d suggest may go the same way; I’m talking about Pedro Chirivella – who recently featured against non-league side Marine, Taiwo Awoniyi, Kai McKenzie-Lyle, Shamal George and even Ryan Kent.
Of course, that’s purely speculation on my part.
The latter of which – Kent – has been given an opportunity to impress this summer on tour, but his future at the club remains unclear.