Brendan Rodgers hints at huge future for teenage star

Jordon Ibe looks like a star in the making following his Premier League debut against Queens Park Rangers.

Keep an eye out for Jordon Ibe because if yesterday was anything to go by, he’ll be getting plenty of first team appearances for Liverpool over the course of next season as he looks to give Raheem Sterling a run for his money.

Ibe made his debut for the club in the match against QPR, playing just over an hour and showing some real promise which should excite the fans and tell Brendan Rodgers that he’s fit for the top level.

He only played an hour but there were several glimpses of the potential he has, which should make him confident that he can play a big part for the club next season.

It’s been Ibe’s consistency for the Development Squad at Liverpool this season, which got him into the position to make his Premier League debut and that’s where he’ll play the majority of his games next season but he looks like a very special prospect.

He showed a superb understanding with Brazilian play maker Philippe Coutinho yesterday which allowed the pair to link up well when Coutinho drifted slightly wider in the team.

His positioning was a little raw, but that will improve the more he plays in and around better players because they will point out the mistakes he’s making and demand more consistency from him.

He also looked superb with the ball at his feet, running at players and his ball retention allowed him to get into some great spots to have some efforts on QPR’s goal.

Again, he looked a bit raw in terms of the routes he took but his decision making was solid and he came up with the assist which allowed Coutinho to bag the only goal of the game.

Liverpool have produced some very good young players who have all had big impacts this season; Sterling, Suso, Andre Wisdom and Ibe is certainly good enough to compete in that group of players all pushing for the first team.

The only worry for the club is that now he’s had a taste of playing at Anfield and the buzz of what that means for a very young player, he may just want more and more football on a regular basis.

Rodgers has decide the best way to use him over the course of the summer and if he’s intent on getting some first team football, a loan deal may be the best option for him over the 2013/2014 season.

Rodgers has always maintained that if a young player is playing well enough, as Ibe has done for the Under-21s this season, they will always get a chance so it’s down to Ibe to produce another decent display the next time he’s thrown in at the deep end.

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