Players - Ovie Ejaria

Ovie Ejaria
Birthdate: 18 November 1997
Birthplace: London, England
Nationality: Nigeria
Other clubs: Arsenal youth (2005-14), Sunderland (loan 2018), Rangers (loan 2018), Reading (loan 2019-20)
Liverpool debut: 20.09.2016
Last appearance: 28.01.2017
Win ratio: 75% W:6 D:1 L:1
League games / goals / assists: 2 / 0 / 0
Total games / goals / assists: 8 / 0 / 0

Player Profile

Ejaria is a product of Arsenal's youth system where he failed to make the grade but the Reds were more than happy to snap him up, away from the clutches of Manchester United who were also interested in the youngster. The left-footed central midfielder went on trial at Liverpool as part of their Under-17 side that reached the final of the 2014 Aegon Futures Cup in the Netherlands. He clearly impressed and has continued to do so and was part Liverpool's 2016/17 pre-season tour in the States and on the bench at Stamford Bridge in a 2-1 win over Chelsea in the Premier League on 16 September 2016. His first competitive appearance was against Derby in in a League Cup tie on 20th September 2016, when he came on as a substitute with ten minutes remaining. He went on to make two Premier League substitute appearances and also played in all three of that seasons FA Cup games.

In the summer of 2017 Ejaria was part of England's under-20 World Championship winning squad. After failing to make any of the matchday squads in the first half of 2017/18, he joined Championship strugglers Sunderland on loan on 31st January 2018. In the summer he signed a new long term contract and was loaned to Rangers for 2018-19. However after two goals in 28 appearances the spell was cut short on 15th December and he returned to train with Liverpool. A statement on Liverpool FC's website simply stating that "following discussions between the two clubs as well as Ejaria and his family, it has been determined an early return to the Reds is in the best interests of all parties concerned". On 7th January 2019, it was confirmed that Ejaria would spend the rest of the season on loan with Championship strugglers Reading, where he scored once in sixteen appearances. On 8th August 2019 a further loan deal with Reading was agreed for the whole of the 2019/20 season with the Berkshire club having an obligation to buy at the end of it.

Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 3 3 0 0 8
2016-2017 2 3 3 0 0 8
2017-2018 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
2 Plymouth Argyle
1 Leeds United
1 Wolves
1 Tottenham
1 Watford
1 Middlesbrough
1 Derby
Total Started/substitutions
5 Started
8 On the bench
3 Substitute
3 Substituted
Total Competition
3 FA Cup
3 League Cup
2 Premier League
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 20.09.2016 Derby Pride Park League Cup
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Sunderland 2017-2018 Championship 11 1 11 1
Rangers 2018-2019 Scotland 1 14 1 28 2
Reading 2018-2019 Championship 16 1 16 1
Total 41 3 55 4