Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo has publicly revealed he refused the option for an extended break to start his pre-season campaign with Jürgen Klopp's first-team squad in the United States. Having featured for the England under-19's at the European Championships in Germany, they were knocked out in the semi-finals against Italy late last week.
Ojo refuses option for extended break
He revealed Klopp had then given him the option for an extended period of rest, which he refused. Joining the Reds at their base in Palo Alto, the 19-year-old was eager to show his enthusiasm as he was "keen" and "wanted to be a part" of the first-team set-up ahead of the forthcoming campaign.
"Being out here is definitely best for my development. It's been a good experience to be back with the team - now I just want to kick on."
Ojo, who was loaned out to both Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers since signing his first professional contract, was recalled in January this year - and featured the following day against Exeter City in the FA Cup.
Talented teen eager to continue his first-team success
He was impressive and finished the season with 11 appearances to his name, as well as a goal and four assists for the senior squad. When asked about how the previous season went on a personal level for him, Ojo said he was "pleased" about how he broke into the team and took his opportunity well, but has remained focused on improving in future too.
"I want to get as many minutes as I can in the friendlies to try and show that I should be in and around the squad when the Premier League starts."