Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo has left on loan for the seventh time in 10 years with the club, despite a privileged sale.
Ojo joined the Reds as a teenager in 2011, becoming football’s most expensive 14-year-old footballer during his £ 2million transfer from MK Dons and showing great potential during his run for the academy.
He looked set for a first-team breakthrough as he made 11 appearances under Jurgen Klopp in the German’s first season at Anfield, but a series of loans were to follow.
The winger has seen spells with Wigan, Wolves, Fulham, Stade de Reims, Rangers and finally Cardiff, falling out of the picture at Liverpool, playing just twice more in 2017.
With the writing on the wall as he was left out of the first team for the preseason this summer, Ojo has instead trained with the Under-23s and played in two of the first three games of the campaign, scoring against Everton.
Now he’s headed for another loan, joining Millwall in the championship.
The move should provide Ojo with the platform to establish himself as a regular first-team player and, with a year remaining on his contract, hopefully earn a permanent change in 2022.
Liverpool have the option of extending their contract for another year, which could still get them cash next summer.
But having set a price of £ 5million this time around amid interest from Belgium, Greece and Germany, this development can only be seen as a disappointment.
For the player, this continues to cloud his future with uncertainties – far from what he would have hoped for 10 years ago when he arrived.