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The next Sterling? Liverpool youth star signs first pro contract

Big things are expected of this young England international, and he has a pretty exemplary career example ahead of him in Raheem Sterling.

There are few Premier League clubs who have seen such impressive youth talent emerge in recent years as Liverpool.

With Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan gatecrashing both the Reds starting lineup, as well as the England squad last season, it is clearly a good time to be a young, promising footballer at Anfield.

And news of another huge academy prospect signing his first professional contract will only fill Liverpool fans with more optimism about their future. 

Only recently turned 17-years-old, winger Sheyi Ojo joined from MK Dons in 2011 as a player with huge potential, and has since gone on to prove himself a genuine talent, with a recent Aegon Future Cup final against Ajax making it clear he is someone that could make his own step up to the first team in the near future. Ojo scored the opener in that game, and though he ended up on the losing side, he still went home with the man of the match award.

Ojo is reported to have cost Liverpool around £1.4 million when he moved to Anfield as a 14-year-old, and, like Sterling before him who was a big money youth signing, has plenty of pace and skills to do damage to the opposition.

Liverpool have been busy securing young talent to the club in the last few days. As well as Ojo, the Reds also recently tied up deals for Harry Wilson, Sergi Canos, Pedro Chirivella, and Jordan Williams, who made his full debut in the club's win over Shamrock Rovers at the end of the season, as well as offering contracts to former Spurs youngsters Lawrence Vigouroux and Kevin Stewart.

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