Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has publicly rubber-stamped a loan move for Sheyi Ojo, leaving Middlesbrough in pole position to snare the youngster on a season-long loan deal.
Ojo, who spent last season with Fulham, has been targeted by Tony Pulis as the man to help fire Boro back to the Premier League.
He was instrumental in doing so at Craven Cottage and the path now looks to have been cleared by Klopp, who cites the embarrassing wealth of attacking talent as a reason for any move.
“Here it is a little bit difficult, especially for the offensive players,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. “Ojo played a fantastic pre-season, really good and confident technically, really strong, improved a lot in tactical things and his attitude was great.”
“For me, he is a no-brainer, to be honest, and I think that will happen. It makes sense for him to go on loan. That’s how it is for a few of the others.”
Ojo joined the Reds as a 14-year old and has been capped from U16 to U21 level for England. He has eight Premier League appearances to his name, 13 in total for Liverpool, but has found his route to the first team blocked by the likes of Mo Salah.
Last season he played 24 times for Fulham as they earned a place in the Premier League, scoring four times.
Boro fans will certainly be excited to see Ojo being given the green light for a loan deal, but they’ve got to seal and agreement as yet. Much could happen now his availability is endorsed by Klopp and that could cause issues.
Birmingham and Villa had been linked with a move for the youngster, although the former may now struggle due to FFP restrictions, Villa could well still be in the hunt.