Jordan Ibe is the player who can take a world of pressure away from Raheem Sterling in a very positive way.
Jordan Ibe is a 17-year-old forward who bagged two goals against Leeds United in the FA Youth Cup match last night, which has left Liverpool and Leeds fans purring over his potential and ability.
Ibe cost Liverpool half a million when he originally joined them from Wycombe Wanderers and he is fast showing why Brendan Rodgers should treat him not only as a replacement for Raheem Sterling, but an equal.
Ibe is a superb attacking player who, like Sterling, is predominantly used down the left as a quick winger who can beat a full back or come back inside and take a shot on goal.
His form and emergence in the Liverpool youth ranks is extra significant because of the recent admission of Brendan Rodgers that Sterling is struggling with fatigue having played so many high pressure games at such a young age.
Liverpool don’t seem to be afraid to throw him into pressure situations at youth level, which means due to the budget at Liverpool, he could feature towards the end of this season with a view to possibly playing a more prominent role next season.
Ibe is by no means anywhere near the level of consistency yet that Sterling has been producing and Sterling is the current holder of one of the wing spots in the first team.
If anything it will only encourage them both to develop quicker and to achieve more impressive performances consistently as they try to keep each other out of the side.
The only way for Ibe to get noticed by Rodgers is to carry on doing what he’s been doing because Rodgers has made no secret of the fact if he thinks someone is good enough, he’ll stick them into the first team.
Liverpool fans shouldn’t be worried that their first team seems to be accumulating a distinct lack of experience, it should be an opposite feeling because this lad is already explosive at 17 and he could be amazing as he hits his 20s, if they secure his long term future.
The pressure of playing for Liverpool is not something that will bother him because this is a boy who has made several youth team appearances above his age group.
The future’s bright Liverpool fans, it’s very bright.
Take a look at his second goal against Leeds last night, unbelievable.
What do you make of Jordan Ibe?
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