Jurgen Klopp thought he was 'ready' two years ago but Ovie Ejaria's Liverpool future now looks bleak
Ovie Ejaria’s loan spell at Rangers has come to a premature end. The young midfielder has cut his ties with Steven Gerrard’s men with immediate effect this weekend. The club claim he had ‘not settled’ in Glasgow.
It comes after he missed the travelling squad for Rangers Europa League tie with Rapid Vienna and, as reported by the Scottish Sun, he was recently dropped from the Rangers side after being late for training.
Many Rangers fans will not be overly disappointed to see him go. Some felt his displays were too inconsistent at Ibrox. Others felt he lacked the personality necessary to play for Rangers.
For Jurgen Klopp, it will be a big blow. The German is known to be a huge fan of the immensely talented England under-21 international.
He handed him a Liverpool debut in September 2016 and even used him in the Premier League on two occasions.
“We saw Ovie in a game here at Melwood one afternoon.
“We thought he was seriously injured as he couldn’t walk but then the next day it was nothing – like it is with kids sometimes.
“Then we had the training camp in Tenerife last season and Ovie made a big impression, I thought: ‘Oh my God, he could be ready.’”
However, after failing to make an impact at Rangers and cutting short his loan spell, the chances of him making it at Liverpool now appear bleak.
The competition for places in the first-team midfield is bound to get harder and harder. Considering even fellow loanees Marko Grujic and Allan may now be ahead of him in the pecking order, it looks like being a tough task getting into the Liverpool team now.
Ejaria is a very good footballer but, for whatever reason, Rangers has not worked out. Failing to click at Ibrox suggests an unlikelihood in success at Anfield.