Does this statistic show why Sheyi Ojo is better placed to forge a Liverpool career than Jordon Ibe?

Jordon Ibe

Sheyi Ojo and Jordon Ibe have both been getting first-team opportunities lately.

A lack of width seemed to be one of the main problems when Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool but it presented the chance to a couple of the younger players to stake a claim for a place in the side.

Jordon Ibe was given several opportunities after Klopp's arrival while Sheyi Ojo was recalled from his loan spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers in January.

Ibe generated plenty of excitement last season when he returned from Derby County; Ojo has been doing the same with his appearances for the under-21s and in flashes of first-team action since his return.

But what about their contribution to the side under Klopp. Ibe has managed to get among the goals - three in total with two in the League Cup run, and one in the Europa League - while Ojo found the net in a substitute appearance in the FA Cup third round replay win over Exeter City. But what about when it comes to helping others score this season?

  PositionTeamGoal AssistAppearancesMins Played
Jordon Ibe MF Liverpool 2 26 1,108
Sheyi Ojo MF Liverpool 3 6 313

It is interesting that in vastly less time on the field, Ojo has managed to contribute more assists in his six appearances than Ibe has throughout the campaign - and he has played nearly 800 fewer minutes in the Premier League this season 

Many have expected a little more from Ibe this season, especially in terms of his end product. He is well built and has plenty of place but does not seem to use it to full effect, while with Ojo it seems to be a case that there is more to come from him, even though he has got a lot to learn. There can be times when the latter is having a quiet game but produces one moment that reminds you of his potential.

Of course, one assist that counted for Ojo was in the win over Watford at the weekend where he managed to block a clearance that landed at the feet of Roberto Firmino, but it is telling that he is having more impact on games than his slightly more senior teammates.

Ibe has been linked with a move to other clubs lately, with Watford said to be one of the clubs interested in him, according to The Guardian.

If Ojo has more impact on games, and Klopp sees a place for Lazar Markovic in his side, or buys another winger in the close season, then it may be wise for Ibe to make the move. 

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