First impressions they say count a lot
A day after Jurgen Klopp was presented as new Liverpool boss he stopped by to watch Liverpool’s U18s against Stoke at Kirkby and little known London Born Nigerian Ovie Ejaria who moved to Merseyside from boyhood club Arsenal two years ago made an instant impact on the watching German even scoring the winning goal
Klopp never forgot
9 months later The 18-year-old Academy midfielder was given another chance to impress this time in his first senior outing for Liverpool in friendly against Tranmere Rovers
Ejaria seized the moment with both hands (or feet as the case may be)
Lining up behind Firmino in the central No.10 role in Klopp’s attacking line, Ejaria impressed from the start, showcasing an awareness that belied his 18 years
Tasked with linking up the Reds’ play Ejaria exhibited a sweet touch and ease on the ball showing an excellent passing range and this time the world noticed
The encomiums came pouring in immediately after from fans and coaches alike with comparisons being made to Yaya Toure, Patrick Viera & Paul Pogba
Michael Beale the Liverpool U21 coach is not surprised by the player’s rapid rise “”I’m very excited about Ovie Ejaria, he is a lovely player and has fantastic technical ability.”
Ejaria though born in England has pledged his international future to Nigeria and trained with the Nigeria U17s squad prior to the 2013 Fifa Under 17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates but couldn’t make the team
This season could be his breakthrough into the first team at Anfield.
For Nigeria another gem has been unearthed . . .the rise of the 19 year olds continue . . greatness beckons!