Jordon Ibe’s long term future may well lie away from Liverpool with the Liverpool ECHO reporting the club may sell the youngster.
I personally would be devastated if Ibe was sold. He may not have lived up to the expectations that were set by fans claiming that he is better than Raheem Sterling but there is no denying that he has a tonne of potential. That being said, he is still awhile away from establishing himself the way Sterling did at Anfield.
Ibe is 20 years old now and reaching a point where he needs to begin delivering the goods to remain at a club like Liverpool. That being said, his development has been stunted by the managerial change that saw Klopp arrive in October of 2015. It could be said that Brendan Rodgers dropped Ibe in at the deep end with very little experience of deep waters.
By comparison, Klopp has played Ibe a lot less with the fleet-footed winger having to become accustomed to a place on the bench. According to Whoscored.com, of the 33 appearances that Ibe has made under Klopp, 15 have been off the bench. His playing time has hardly been conducive for fixing himself in Klopp’s plans for the future.Why is this?
When Ibe plays he struggles to make an impact on the game with a mazy dribble often being the highlight of his game. According to Squawka, Ibe has scored 1 goal and assisted twice in 27 league appearances.
When Klopp was asked if he’d had a falling out with who he calls “Ibeeee” he responded:
“I heard from somewhere that Jordon has some problems with me or something. Absolutely not. He’s still a brilliant, big, big talent which is very good for English football.”
Jordon Ibe and Sergi Canós are the only out and out wingers at the club so I find it strange that they are both being linked with moves away. Especially, with the vacuum of incoming wide talent. Liverpool should be clinging onto talented young players instead of discarding them. Albeit, the situation with Canós is different as there is a contract dispute.
Ibe has immense potential. The comparisons between John Barnes and Raheem Sterling always seemed to carry a slight racial undertone for me as he has a very different build to the Liverpool winger from the ’80s. A comparison between Ibe makes more sense as they both have that stock to their builds and are bullish with defenders.
Jordon Ibe needs to stay at Anfield. He has what it takes to become a top English and European forward. His pace and strength never ceases to trouble defenders. If he can put in the off-season work like he did last summer with the king, Kenny Dalglish, he stands in good stead to challenge whatever fresh blood Klopp brings in before August and the close of the window.
While I may not have been alive for John Barnes’ Liverpool career, with my birth-year the year he left the club, we would all love him back at Anfield. But who needs him when we have the next best thing, Jordon Ibe.
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