29 Sept 2016

Next Sterling? Aldo raves over 'excellent Liverpool sensation who wants to play 'further up the field'

Reds youngster Ovie Ejaria recently made his full first-team debut for Liverpool, and Reds legend John Aldridge is impressed with the young midfielder's ongoing development.

In his column this week for the Liverpool Echo, Aldo enthused:

"I’ve watched [Ejaria] develop, and technically he’s excellent. You can see he’s been nurtured well. It’s great to see kids coming through from the Academy".

After watching Ejaria's debut against Derby, former Academy manager Hugh McAuley hailed the youngster's development:

“He [Ejaria] made excellent progress and deserved that opportunity. Everybody is thrilled for him".

Ejaria - recently hailed by U23s boss Michael Beale for his 'unbelievable technical ability - played a central midfield role during pre-season, and against Derby, but he insists that his strengths lie elsewhere:

“I think I can play in any midfield position to be honest, but I think my strength is more attacking, playing further up the field".

Unfortunately for Ejaria, the competition in advanced, central attacking roles is fierce, but with Lallana moving into midfield this season, there's possibly a slightly improved chance that he may get an opportunity in that role (most probably in a cup game).

Can Ejaria make a Raheem Sterling-like breakthrough, or is he destined to end up on the Anfield scrapheap like Rossiter, Sinclair, Teixeira, and Canos?


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