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Liverpool: Ovie Ejaria in advanced talks with Reading

Liverpool: Ovie Ejaria in advanced talks with Reading - Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria could be close to a return to Reading, where he had a loan spell last season.

Football Insider reported that the 21-year-old was in advanced talks with the Royals over the possibility of another loan move.

According to Football Insider, a source from Reading said that the club were hopeful of securing a season-long loan for Ejaria, who did not travel with Liverpool for their pre-season tour of USA.

Football Insider added that the Royals’ ‘soft’ transfer embargo has been lifted by the Football League, having been initially imposed on them because of their spending on transfers, contracts and signings over the past three years, as reported by The Sun.

Ejaria made eight first-team appearances for Liverpool in 2016/17 but has not played for them since and has had subsequent loan spells at Sunderland, Rangers (under Steven Gerrard) and Reading.

He played 16 times on loan at the Madejski Stadium in the second half of last season, scoring once and providing two assists. In a 28-game spell at Rangers last year, he scored twice and supplied one assist.

Ejaria, who usually plays as a central or attacking midfielder, has been noted by WhoScored.com for his superb dribbling ability, averaging 2.3 dribbles per game in the Championship last season.

He is composed in possession of the ball, with a passing success rate of 86.7%, and his average of 1.8 tackles per game hints at an admirable work rate.

However, Ejaria has faced accusations of being very ineffective in games. James Lowson of Roker Report [via The Tilehurst End] said that the midfielder “seemed to let games pass him by” and tended to miss the few chances that he got – a scoring return of just four goals in two seasons for an attack-minded midfielder is a disappointing return.

That is in stark contrast with Curtis Jones, another young midfielder seeking to break into Liverpool’s first-team squad. He has travelled with the Reds to America and has been prolific at youth and reserve team level, with 23 goals in 49 appearances for Liverpool’s youth and reserve teams in the last two years.

Although Ejaria has more senior experience than Jones, the latter seems to be further up the midfield pecking order in Klopp’s mind, given his inclusion in the first team squad’s pre-season programme.

Ejaria needs to make more of an impact in games if he is to fully realise his potential and another loan move to Reading could help with that.

Having failed to light up the EFL Championship or Scottish Premiership in recent months, he needs an effective season in 2019/20 and he’s not going to get it in the Premier League. Otherwise, this could be his last chance at impressing on loan before Liverpool decide to let him go for good.

Liverpool fans, will another loan move help Ejaria and is he ever going to make it at Anfield? Give us your thoughts by commenting below!


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