Wonderkid nearly snubbed Liverpool

Liverpool star youngster Jordon Ibe has revealed that he nearly decided against a move to the club.

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has been having a beast of a season in the club’s Development Squad, which has seen him tipped to become the next youth to break into the first team under Brendan Rodgers.

It could have all been so different for the 17-year-old whizz kid because he’s spoken over his initial uncertainty about joining Liverpool, which could have seen him go to one of the club’s main rivals.

“I had to think hard about the decision to move. I wasn’t stalling but moving to Liverpool is a big move. I was still 15 – so was caught in two minds – fortunately my family have moved up with me,” he told the Liverpool website.

This is where Liverpool deserve a lot of credit because they don’t seem to have applied pressure to Ibe, which would have been vital in his final decision. They also seem to have made it as easy as possible for him to bring family with him and have people around that he knows.

Had he been put into a situation where Liverpool were demanding the transfer to go through quickly and forcing him to move up North, on his own as a 15-year-old then he could easily have rejected the move and ended up at one of the big London clubs.

It seems to have been a move which has worked out all round because there are plenty of reasons why Ibe can have a similar impact at the club, as Raheem Sterling did at the start of this season.

He certainly has the pace to trouble most right backs in the Premier League which makes him a threat when he’s running with the ball, just as much as when he’s chasing a pass which has been played into space.

He’s lucky he’s ultimately going to play for a manager that understands how to nurture this sort of talent and use young players in his team, which is significant because of the pressure and responsibility attached with playing for Liverpool.

His best performances for the Under-18 and Under-21 sides seem to point towards him being used as an impact player, because he has that ability to put a tired defence on the back foot and not only create chances for himself but also for his teammates.

It’s been a solid investment on the part of Liverpool and one they certainly don’t look as though they are going to regret. This is a lesson to all other clubs over how to handle the signing and logistics of younger players who could easily be put off from changing their lives to join a big side.

What sort of impact can he have next season?

image: © Sanjiva

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch