Jurgen Klopp singles out Liverpool youngster: He made a big difference
The Liverpool manager was pleased with the impact of Sheyi Ojo
Jurgen Klopp has praised the impact of Sheyi Ojo after the teenager came off the bench to help Liverpool get over the line in a 1-0 win against Plymouth Argyle in their FA Cup third-round replay.
England Under-19 international Ojo was named on the bench for the trip to Home Park despite starting their goalless draw with the League Two side at Anfield earlier this month.
The 19-year-old replaced Daniel Sturridge with 15 minutes to play on the south coast and Ojo added much-needed pace and urgency to the Liverpool side in the closing moments of the match.
Speaking at his post-match media conference after Liverpool’s 1-0 win against Plymouth to set up a fourth-round meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 28 January, Klopp said:
“I liked, for example, the reaction of Ojo tonight. Everybody, maybe, with Ojo involved they expected he would have played as one of the [starters] if he [was involved in] this game tonight as one of the young players, but I was not too happy with one or two things. That’s not to say, it’s about something you need to feel and then go again.
“I thought he made a big difference when he came on, with his speed and there was sharpness involved. He’s a wonderful player but, without sharpness, it’s nothing. I’m happy about their potential and we will do whatever we can to let it grow but they have a big job to do, too.”
Liverpool are in third place in the Premier League table and seven points behind leaders Chelsea.
The Merseyside outfit will host Swansea City in their next top-flight fixture at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
Klopp led the Reds to an eighth-place finish in his first season in charge.