Neil Mellor wants to see this Liverpool man given opportunities, equates him to Raheem Sterling

The former Reds striker is eager to see Sheyi Ojo given a starting chance in the Premier League.

Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor has told the club's official TV channel that he would like to see Jurgen Klopp give teenage winger Sheyi Ojo a starting berth in their Premier League clash with Stoke City this weekend.

Ojo joined the Reds academy in 2011 and made his competitive senior debut for the club in the FA Cup third-round tie with Exeter City in January following a successful loan spell at Championship side Wolves.

After scoring his first goal for the club in the replay later that month, the 18-year-old was handed his first Premier League appearance by Jurgen Klopp as a late substitute in the 3-2 defeat to Southampton three weeks ago.

Mellor, who himself came through the Liverpool academy to feature for the first team, believes Ojo possesses the same potential as former Red Raheem Sterling after watching him for the club's youth sides for some time, and wants to see him given the chance to make his mark for the senior team sooner rather than later.

The 33-year-old said: "I think he's an outstanding talent. We never know how good these young players are unless they get an opportunity. This lad's too good for the under-21s, we've seen that.

"I just think between now and the end of the season, whether it's Stoke at the weekend or another Premier League game, I'd really like to see him get an opportunity for Liverpool in the Premier League.

"I've watched the U21s for years now and apart from Raheem Sterling he's the only other one who has really stood out as being too good for that level. For me I'd like to see him get an opportunity between now and the end of the season. Stoke? Go on, get at those Stoke defenders and enjoy yourself at Anfield."

Sterling's is certainly a big name to live up to for Ojo, with the winger having scored 23 goals in 129 games for the Merseyside club before moving to Manchester City for a reported £45 million last summer, as well as winning 20 caps for England by the age of 21.

Ojo has been tipped as one of the biggest potential future stars currently at the club, and the England under-19s international would be keen to make an impact if handed a chance to shine by Klopp this weekend.

Liverpool face Stoke at Anfield looking to strengthen their challenge for a Europa League spot, with the club currently sitting eight points behind Manchester United in fifth.

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