Nigerian international raves about Liverpool wonderkid Ovie Ejaria

Ovie Ejaria stood out for Liverpool in their pre-season friendly.

Liverpool's Ivie Ejaria in action with Tranmere's Connor JenningsLiverpool's Ovie Ejaria in action with Tranmere's Connor Jennings

Liverpool teenager Ovie Ejaria stood out in their early pre-season games so far, catching the eye against lower league opponents Tranmere Rovers and Fleetwood Town.

The gangly midfielder is just 18, and switched from Arsenal's academy two seasons ago.

His performance against Fleetwood caught the eye of Nigerian international John Ogu, who commented on Twitter of his hope that Ejaria would be eligible to play for the Super Eagles.

28-year-old Ogu himself has four international caps for Nigeria, scoring once, and plays for Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva.

John OguJohn Ogu

Ejaria was born in London, and is eligible to feature for either England or Nigeria. He has not been capped at youth level yet by either country.

Kyle Walker Peters of Tottenham Hotspur in action with Ovie Ejaria of LiverpoolKyle Walker Peters of Tottenham Hotspur in action with Ovie Ejaria of Liverpool

Ogu's praise did not go unnoticed by Ejaria, who reached out to the senior star to say thank you.

Ejaria also caught the attention of Jurgen Klopp against Fleetwood, with the Liverpool boss commenting on his performance after the game.

He told the club's official website: "Ovie [Ejaria] – what a player, [in] the first game and today again."

The attacking midfielder is one to watch, and is likely to get more chances in pre-season to make a further name for himself.

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