Ovie Ejaria has completed a loan move from Liverpool to Reading for the 2019/20 season, with the transfer set to become permanent next summer.
LiverpoolFC.com confirmed yesterday evening that the 21-year-old midfielder has gone on loan to the Royals for this season, adding that he will become a Reading player permanently from July 1st, 2020.
Ejaria has already had a loan spell at the Madejski Stadium, having moved to the Royals on a temporary basis for the second half of last season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gave several younger players an opportunity to shine in pre-season, including the likes of Rhian Brewster, Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent, Ben Woodburn and Yasser Larouci.
Notably, Ejaria was not among the travelling party for the Reds’ pre-season tour of USA, which would suggest that Klopp does not see a future for him at Anfield.
However, just six of those minutes came in the Premier League and he has not played for the Reds’ first team at all in the last two campaigns, during which he has instead been loaned out to Sunderland, Rangers and Reading.
A return of four goals from 55 appearances (0.07 per game) in the last two years does not reflect greatly on Ejaria, especially as he was operating outside of the Premier League.
Also, competition for midfield places at Anfield this season has intensified with the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana from injury, with the latter winning plaudits from The Independent’s Mark Critchley for the way in which he has adapted to a new ‘number six’ role for Liverpool.
Ejaria has been given opportunities away from Anfield over the last couple of years but failed to make the most of them.
James Lowson of Roker Report [via The Tilehurst End] said that the midfielder “seemed to let games pass him by” during his loan spell in the Championship with Sunderland in 2017/18, indicating that Ejaria has not made enough of an impact in matches in the second tier, let alone at Premier League level.
Having not played for the Reds since 2016/17 and subsequently had little impact in the Championship and Scottish Premiership, it’s not difficult to see why Liverpool are due to let him go permanently once his latest loan spell concludes.
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