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Sheyi Ojo ready to make Liverpool debut

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Sheyi Ojo is desperate to make his first appearance for the Liverpool first-team and emulate Jerome Sinclair's success.

Sinclair made his Premier League debut when he replaced Rickie Lambert on the 68th minute mark during the Reds' 1-1 draw against Chelsea last Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers has been keen to give youngsters a chance in the Liverpool first XI this campaign with Sinclair, Jordan Ibe and Jordan Rossiter all making appearances as well as the likes of new recruits Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.

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After seeing the success of his younger team-mates and having performed well on loan at Wigan Athletic this campaign, Ojo now is hungry to make his mark alongside Jordan Henderson and co. 

"I was really happy for Jerome, who I am close with," the 17-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com.

"It's a boost for me and everyone at the Academy to see Jerome get his chance, and hopefully some of the other lads in the team can make that step up as well.

"Going out on loan to Wigan has helped me a lot. It was more physical than what I was used to and you also have to move the ball quicker, but I'm just trying to focus now on trying to break into the first-team squad.

"That's the main aim for everyone here and hopefully I can keep improving.

"I've just got to focus on the next training session, see how I can improve and then we'll see what happens."

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Youth

Liverpool's current academy is flooded with young talent who are all ready to make their mark on the first-team.

Already this season, Raheem Sterling has been the focal point of Red attacks aged 20 and since returning from his loan spell at Derby County, Ibe has thrived and become one of Rodgers' key players.

Ojo was part of a Wigan side who spent their time scrapping against relegation from the Championship so he could not display his full potential. Nonetheless, his efforts at the Lancashire club did not go unrecognised and he was awarded man of the match on his debut against league winners Bournemouth for a superb 30 minute cameo.

Since returning from the DW Stadium back to Anfield, Ojo has impressed for the U21s and was on the score-sheet during Liverpool's 4-4 draw against Norwich City on Monday evening. The former MK Dons man was on the first-team substitutes bench for three games during the Festive period and could make his debut in the last two games of the campaign.

Europa League

With Liverpool set to miss out on a top-four finish and compete in the Europa League next season, it's likely we'll see plenty of young players given a chance in the tournament.

A Champions League finish will be Rodgers' priority next season and he will want his main players to be kept fit and ready for domestic games.

Hence, the Northern Irishman could hand a number of his youth players a chance when competing in the Europa League. Ojo will be ready for the task, likewise l, whose Anfield career has been riddled with injuries.

Add that to Rossiter and Wilson, and we could see a Liverpool line-up away in Eastern Europe flooded with the next generation of talent.

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