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Why Ovie Ejaria would be a massive coup for Leeds United

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According to claims from, Leeds United have been credited with an interest in Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria.

The same report, however, suggests that Reading are the front-runners to land the 21-year-old on loan for the upcoming campaign after the midfielder spent the second half of this past season with the Berkshire outfit.

Ejaria is believed to be available for loan once again this summer, and while Reading currently seems the youngster’s most likely destination, Leeds United are making an attempt to bring to Elland Road in a bid to add more depth to their midfield options.

The 21-year-old initially reunited the legend Steven Gerrard at Rangers last summer before cutting his loan spell short towards the end of December to join Championship strugglers Reading in January. Ejaria made a total of 28 appearances for Rangers in all competitions and featured in the Gers Europa League campaign but he found it difficult to acclimatise to the conditions and chose to fly back across the border to further his development in the Championship. With Ejaria’s first team chances at Liverpool are as far out as 49/1, it is best suited for the midfielder to play in a Championship club to have a shot at improving his overall game. Punters might want to check out here before placing their bets on the youngster as betting this summer transfer window has become a tricky business with Premier League clubs spending way more than they used to. The player is 5/2 in the odds to become the next young talent with betting markets offering bonuses to have a punt on young players, this would be the right time to put your thinking hats on and place a bet on the midfielder.

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The starlet’s performances at Reading, though, were a lot more impressive, with the 21-year-old playing a key role in the Royals bid for survival in the second tier. Ejaria made an instant impact at the Madejski Stadium and finished the campaign with 16 appearances, scoring once and creating a further couple of goals for his teammates in the process.

Held in high regard by the youth staff at Anfield, Ejaria has made a total of 8 appearances for Liverpool at the senior level since his breakthrough in the 2016-17 campaign, but he is apparently not in Jurgen Klopp’s plans for the upcoming season. Hence, a loan move elsewhere could allow him to further his development and work on the flaws in his game.

Essentially a central midfielder by trade, Ejaria has the versatility to switch between holding and box-to-box roles in the middle of the park. A technically-gifted midfielder blessed with an intricate first touch and wonderful dribbling skills, the 21-year-old combines his sharpness, agility and technical abilities on the ball with his impressive range of passing to dictate the tempo of the game in the midfield.

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That, coupled with his aggressiveness,eye for key passes and remarkable speed of thought make him a more complete and forward-thinking midfielder capable of shouldering both attacking and defensive responsibilities. Ejaria doesn’t neglect his defensive duties either, and often wins back possession for his team with crucial tackles and interceptions.

To put things into perspective, Leeds United would bag a massive coup if they manage to beat off competition from Reading in the race to sign Ovie Ejaria on loan for the upcoming season. The 21-year-old proved last season that he is more than capable of making a big impression in the Championship and the Whites would certainly benefit from his presence.

Leeds are currently quite well-stocked in their options in the middle of the park, with the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Adam Forshaw and Mateusz all in the ranks at Elland Road. However, the Whites might find it difficult to hold on to the likes of Phillips and Forshaw, given that both the midfielders have attracted interest from other clubs.

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Phillips has been courted heavily by newly-promoted outfit Aston Villa and a host of other Premier League clubs, while Forshaw has also emerged as a target for Fulham (h/t ). However, even if the Whites manage to keep the duo at Elland Road, making a move for Ovie Ejaria would certainly make a lot of sense, given that they have already lost loanees Izzy Brown and Jack Harrison.

Ejaria won’t be a replacement for Harrison or Brown, but with Samu Saiz’s future at Elland Road still up in the air, the Yorkshire giants might as well look at younger and more exciting alternatives in the market. The 21-year-old certainly fits the bill in that regard and his presence would bring that X-factor, unpredictability and energy to Leeds’ options in the midfield, whilst also adding to squad depth and increasing competition for places.

Having fallen short in their pursuit of promotion last season, the West Yorkshire outfit will be expected to reignite their surge for a much-awaited return to the top-flight next term, and the acquisition of Ovie Ejaria could just set the tone for some marquee signings to arrive at the club over the next few weeks.

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Dutch attacker linked with Liverpool to be handed new deal by Ligue 1 giants

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Lyon to offer Liverpool-linked Memphis Depay a new contract

Memphis Depay has done a great job at Lyon since joining them from Manchester United.

The 25-year-old has scored consistently for the Ligue 1 giants and is a permanent fixture in the Dutch national team too.

Depay has turned his career around after his struggles at Manchester United. He was signed from PSV Eindhoven but left after failing to make a mark at Old Trafford.

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Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay celebrate for the Netherlands (Image credit: Wijnaldum Twitter)

An older and more experienced Depay seems to be at his best and the 25-year-old has been linked with Liverpool (h/t Express).

Tottenham and United are also keen on the 25-year-old, however, Lyon are set to offer him a new deal (h/t Express).

The club’s president Jean Michel Aulas confirmed to BeIN Sports a new contract was one the way. However, Aulas added that Depay was still to make a decision on signing it (h/t Express):

“We will make him a contract extension offer because he is an exceptional player.

“He will be the one who will ultimately decide. He is a sweet boy, an interesting man.”

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The Reds are in a great position in the Premier League and could do with another quality attacker coming in.

Mohamed Salah has had his injury problems this season while we would need to rest players due to our packed schedule.

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Xherdan Shaqiri was excellent in the 5-2 win over Everton (Image credit: Getty)

However,Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri were brought back in the team to face Everton. The pair were excellent in the 5-2 win with both getting on the score sheet.

Shaqiri could be the difference-maker for the remainder of the season. If the Swiss performs at his best we might not need to think of making any signings in January.

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“Celebration with the GOAT” – Some Liverpool stars react to 5-2 win over Everton on Twitter

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How the Liverpool stars reacted to incredible 5-2 derby win over Everton

Liverpool kept their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a dominant display over Everton.

The Merseyside derby is never easy to predict and with Everton doing well against Leicester, this could have been a game where we could have dropped points.

Jurgen Klopp’s team selection also raised some eyebrows with Adam Lallana, Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi starting.

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Divock Origi scored a brace in the 5-2 win over Everton (Image credit: Getty)

There was no place in the starting XI for Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah. However, that didn’t matter for us with Origi opening the scoring early on.

Shaqiri made it two thanks to the second assist of the game from Sadio Mane, but our defensive issues continued.

Michael Keane pulled a goal back but we raced into a 4-2 thanks to goals from Mane and Origi.

Everton pulled one back from Richarlison on the cusp of half-time but Georginio Wijnaldum sealed the win by scoring in the dying moments of the game.

Origi stars for Liverpool again

Origi might not have played too many games for us this season but he did a great job once again.

The Belgian should have scored a hat-trick in this game but Mane could have done the same too.

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Xherdan Shaqiri was excellent in the 5-2 win over Everton (Image credit: Getty)

It was a great performance all-around with Shaqiri and Lallana also impressing. The Swiss star tried many tricks and flicks and most of them came off.

Lallana played in an advanced role and did well too, which should be great for Jurgen Klopp. The German has to mix his team around in the coming weeks and it is fantastic that most of our squad players are also on form.

Many Liverpool players were pleased with the win and some of them even called out Origi as the GOAT.

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“It is healing but not how we wished” – Klopp confirms further time out for injured Liverpool star

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Jurgen Klopp confirms Joel Matip’s injury isn’t healing as it was expected to

Jurgen Klopp provided an update on Joel Matip’s injury ahead of the clash against Everton.

The centre-back hasn’t featured for us since the 1-1 draw against Manchester United and won’t play in the Merseyside derby too.

Matip was our best defender alongside Virgil van Dijk but has been out due to a knee injury.

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Joel Matip has been excellent alongside Virgil van Dijk over the past 18 months (Image credit: Getty)

Klopp claimed that Matip needs more time to recover but admitting the injury wasn’t healing as expected (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“Joel needs a bit more time.

“It is healing but not exactly how we wished for so he needs a bit more time and that will take a while. The others are fit and available.”

Joe Gomez has also struggled for consistency this season and has often been brought off the bench to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold late in games.

Matip had been excellent since last season and helped us win the Champions League too. It will be interesting to see when he returns for the Reds, but we have a packed schedule coming up.

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Matip’s absence should keep Dejan Lovren in the first-team. The Croatian has done a decent job this season alongside Virgil van Dijk.

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Dejan Lovren battles for the ball against Leicester (Image credit: Getty)

It will be interesting to see how Klopp rotates the side given that Liverpool play almost every three days for the next two months.

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