Bundesliga side appear as surprise contenders for forgotten Liverpool winger – Liverpool FC
As Sheyi Ojo finds himself left out of the first-team photo in the pre-season for Liverpool, Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen has become a possible destination.
It has been three years since Ojo was involved at senior level for the Reds, and he has spent five of the last six seasons on loan with Wolves, Fulham, Stade de Reims, Rangers and Cardiff.
Returning from Cardiff, the 24-year-old started pre-season training with Liverpool’s Under-23s, while Harry Wilson – also with the Bluebirds last season – has teamed up with the first team .
The writing is on the wall for a player with two years left on his contract, although there has been little speculation about his future.
However, AllNigeriaSoccer, which specializes in reporting on players of Nigerian descent like Ojo, claim that Bayer Leverkusen has made the winger a “prime target” to replace Demarai Gray.
Gray is expected to join Everton in a £ 1.5million deal later this summer which would open up a place in Gerardo Seoane’s squad ahead of the new Bundesliga campaign.
Whether those claims are true remains to be seen as they have yet to be corroborated by sources in Merseyside, but a move to Germany is not out of reach for Ojo.
Liverpool are unlikely to stand in the way if a club come close to their No.54, as the player has been open to overseas experiences in the past, having spent the 2018/19 campaign with Reims in Ligue 1.
If the information is to be believed, Leverkusen will have already opened discussions with representatives of Ojo to discuss the possibility of a move to the BayArena.
The forward could have other options, with championship contenders, but Ojo could choose to follow Jadon Sancho, Ademola Lookman, Jude Bellingham and his former Under-23 teammate Nat Phillips in trying out a chance in Germany.