Liverpool starlet Sheyi Ojo says he is filled with confidence after another positive performance against Manchester United in the International Champions Cup.
In an exclusive interview with the LFC Transfer Room, Ojo explained how loan moves and injury rehab has him raring to fight for his place in the squad.
Ojo was relentless in yesterday’s preseason game in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The 21-year-old scored from the penalty spot in what was a demolition of arch-rivals Man United.
“My main focus this pre-season has been working with the team and listening to the manager,” Ojo said.
“It’s really nice, the goal. It’s a taste of what’s to come. I’m really looking forward to the season and I feel ready.
“It’s the manager’s decision ultimately but I’ve gone through loans, injuries and I’m ready to crack on.”
A number of reports have suggested Ojo might be surplus to requirements at the club, whether that was a loan or permanent move.
He will find himself down the pecking order of attackers that includes Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri.
However, with the number of competitions the Reds play in next season, Ojo would be a great asset to keep. He could gain experience in the cup games and if the injury bug returns to Anfield, he’d be an extra option off the bench.
The youngster has definitely made his mark this summer, scoring against Tranmere in a 3-2 win early this pre-season.
His penalty last night was a confident low shot to the bottom corner, typical of someone with more experience. In fact, Ojo was so confident he let Daniel Sturridge know he was taking the spot kick.
“Daniel and I get on really well,” Ojo said. “I want him to score and he wants me to score.”
“He was happy for me to take it. I was feeling confident and when I have a chance to take it, I know it’s going in. It’s the confidence I have.”
“I’ve got goals and skills but I’m adding assists and goals to my game and hopefully the manager sees that.”
Ojo spent last season on loan with Fulham and helped bring the club fight their way back to the Premier League. He finished with 4 goals and 2 assists in 18 games in the Championship and will hope this pre-season will earn him a role in Klopp’s squad moving forward.
“Soccer” is on the rise in North America
Ojo said he was surprised at how big football was in the United States.
He said he was in awe of the number of people that came to watch the game at Michigan Stadium – a match with an attendance of close to 102,000.
“The atmosphere was amazing and personally it’s one of the biggest fanbases I’ve played in,” Ojo said.
“I like how close everything is at this stadium. The fans are so close to you. It’s compact and it gives us great confidence.
“We’re grateful that the fans could come out and support us like this and I’m happy that we’re going home with the win.”