Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo in action with Swansea's Kyle Naughton
Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo has told Four Four Two that Tottenham's Dele Alli is an inspiration, and wants to follow in his footsteps at Anfield.
Ojo, 19, broke into the Liverpool side towards the end of last season, and finished the campaign with one goal in 11 appearances having returned from a loan spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers in January.
Dele Alli celebrates after scoring for Tottenham
A pacey, powerful wide man, Ojo impressed in his fleeting appearances for Liverpool, particularly catching the eye in an away game at Bournemouth back in April, and having looked bright during pre-season, he could be in line for more first-team football under Jurgen Klopp.
Ojo doesn't have to look far for inspiration, as one of his former team-mates has emerged as one of English football's top young stars; Dele Alli.
Tottenham's Dele Alli
Alli and Ojo came up through the ranks at MK Dons together, and whilst Ojo left the club at just 14, Alli made his name with Karl Robinson's side, smashing 24 goals in 88 games from midfield to earn a move to Spurs.
Alli made the jump from League One to the Premier League look easy, and scored ten goals for Spurs last season before becoming one of the key players for the England national team.
Ojo will of course be hoping for a similar rise to stardom - and admitted to Four Four Two that his former team-mate is an inspiration with what he has achieved over the last year.
Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo in action with Bournemouth's Max Gradel
Ojo noted that Alli's 'swagger' didn't change despite his rise up the leagues, and wants to follow in his footsteps by starring in the Premier League and on the international stage.
"Dele’s with the England squad and doing well for Tottenham, and back then [at MK Dons] he had the same swagger he has now," said Ojo. "The step up he’s made to the Premier League and the international stage is an inspiration for all young players. I’d like to follow in those footsteps," he added.
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