Conversations with Jürgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson have given Sheyi Ojo an added incentive to force his way back into Liverpool’s first-team set-up.
Young winger Ojo was involved in Klopp’s side in the closing stages of last season, but saw his progress curtailed by a back problem sustained during the Reds’ tour of America in the lead-up to the current campaign.
The 19-year-old made his return from injury for the U23s in early December, and has been a regular fixture in Mike Garrity’s team since then.
During the Reds’ training camp in Tenerife earlier this week, Klopp revealed that he sat down with Ojo recently after the England U19 international had asked him to outline what he needs to do to get another chance at senior level.
“The easiest answer was ‘more’, because when you are that skilled, then come on!” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com.
“[I asked] ‘When was the last time you did a 100 per cent sprint?’ Technical-wise he’s so good that he doesn’t use it, but that makes no sense because at the highest level you need this speed.
“Now at U23 level I can see him running like crazy to show ‘yes, I’m ready’ and that helps him a lot. Even in not-perfect games you can see he’s involved in other parts.