Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo was extremely close to signing for Premier League rivals Chelsea before joining the Reds, according to the Daily Mail.
The 18-year-old had a home debut to remember on Wednesday night as he came off the bench to score brilliantly during Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Exeter.
Ojo joined Anfield from MK Dons in 2011 but, if it wasn’t for a last minute glitch, he would have signed a contract at Stamford Bridge.
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The Blues had agreed to pay MK Dons £2 million for the, then, 14-year-old but the deal fell through and Liverpool took advantage by securing his talents a few months later.
Ojo has only made two substitute appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side, in both FA Cup ties against Exeter, but has made an immediate impact each time.
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In the original match, he came off the bench when the Reds were trailing 2-1 and played a large part in the equaliser as his cross caused problems in the opposition box.
But his impact in the replay was even more significant as he cut onto his excellent left foot and curled the ball into the top corner to put Liverpool 2-0 up.
Klopp was asked about Ojo’s ability and what level the young Englishman can reach.
“The last game Ojo came in and was important for the draw. He’s on a good way but it’s a long way for the boys,” the German said.
“The target at the end of the road is [playing for] Liverpool in the Premier League.
Klopp continued: “For this you have to be ready in all parts of development. It was the first sign of him - it’s good.”
Ojo spent the second half of last season at Wigan Athletic making 11 appearances for them in the Championship. This season, the winger scored Liverpool’s winning goal in a friendly against Swindon Town but joined Wolves on loan shortly afterwards.
After making 16 appearances and scoring twice at the Molineux, he was recalled by Klopp at the start of January.
Klopp issues warning
The 48-year-old manager insists that the media must give the hot prospect some space to develop - and a give him a chance to fulfil his potential.
“He is very young. Not 20 interviews next week, not man-of-the-match things. Leave the guys as they are. It’s not protecting, but give the lads time to develop,” the former Borussia Dortmund boss said.
“Everybody who’s seen him play can see what big skills he has, but there are a lot of things he has to work on. I’m happy to have him here.”