Liverpool will not allow youngster Ovie Ejaria to leave Anfield on loan this summer – but could sell him permanently, according to Goal.
The midfielder spent last season on loan with Rangers and Reading and his future on Merseyside looks bleak.
Ejaria only signed a new deal last summer, prior to his switch to Rangers (Official Website), but he now looks set to be offloaded.
Liverpool want to recoup £3 million for the services of Ejaria, with Brentford most recently linked with a move.
Ejaria has been left out of the club’s trip to the USA, training with the club’s Under-23 outfit instead.
The 21-year-old has been out on three loan spells and Liverpool are not thought to be keen on another similar deal.
If a permanent deal cannot be arranged then Ejaria will be part of Neil Critchley’s Under-23 side. They will enter the Checkatrade Trophy for the first time this season.
Ejaria can play as an out and out central midfielder or further forward in the number 10 role.
It is quite clear to see why Liverpool are keen to offload Ejaria.
He plays in a position where Jurgen Klopp is well stocked with bucket loads of quality.
Fabinho, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana will probably all fight it out for three spots during 2019/20.
Ejaria looked handy for Reading in the number 10 role but Klopp doesn’t really utilise one.
At 21 he looks as though he will be a good player for someone. The Championship seems his most likely destination and playing regular will do his career good.
With bags of skill and lots of pace, Ejaria will prove an asset for someone in the second tier of English football.