Nigeria U-17 trainee Ovie Ejiara has earned the praise of Liverpool U-21s boss Michael Beale who says he is not surprised by the teenager’s rapid rise.

Ejiara made his first team bow for Liverpool yesterday in a 1-0 pre season win over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park and Manager Beale told Skysports he is not surprised manager Jurgen Kloop gave the 18 year old his debut.


“I’m very excited about Ovie Ejaria,” Liverpool U21s boss Beale told Sky Sports. “I knew him from my time in London. He went to West Ham and ended up at Arsenal [where he was offered a scholarship to stay before joining us in 2014].

“He’s done very well with us and has trained in and around the first team, but he’s managed to settle well here in the North. He’s a little tall and gangly and we’re still waiting for him to develop more physically, but he is a lovely player and has fantastic technical ability.

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“Nights like Tranmere and playing in front of a local crowd alongside first-team players are great experiences for the young players to show that they’re progressing, but at the same time it’s also important they keep their feet on the floor.”