Sheyi Ojo: Why Jerome Sinclair’s debut is good news for Liverpool

Ojo is keen to follow in the footsteps of Jerome Sinclair and make his Premier League debut.

Sinclair entered the field of play during the 1-1 draw with Chelsea to make his Premier League debut, and Ojo has told the official Reds website that it has given a boost to all the young players concerning their futures.

The former MK Dons winger said: “I was really happy for Jerome, who I am close with. 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.”

Ojo, 17, has been on the substitutes bench twice this campaign - against Burnely and Leicester - although he has yet to feature for the Reds in his short career.

He spent the second half of this campaign on loan with Championship side Wigan Athletic, but failing to find the back of the net or register an assist could not aid the club as they suffered relegation to League One.

The youngster returned to Anfield, and with Liverpool having little to play for in their final two fixtures, he may be given a chance to impress by head coach Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers has proven that he has no qualms with selecting youth players if he believes they can do a job at senior level, and Ojo will be coming into a side looking to end the season on a high.

If he can do enough to impress in the last few weeks of this campaign, Ojo may just be able to do enough to earn Rodgers belief ahead of next season, when a starting role in the first-team could be available should he take his chance.

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