Jordon Ibe looks like he may have a big future at Anfield.
Young Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe seems to be getting fans excited, and he did nothing to dampen that excitement with an impressive display in the Reds’ 4-0 win over Shamrock Rovers in the club’s end of season friendly in Dublin.
Ibe, who spent much of the second half of the season on loan in the Championship at Birmingham City, set up goals for Iago Aspas and Fabio Borini as he showed his pace and final ball could be a big asset for the Reds next season.
But manager Brendan Rodgers has outlined one area where Ibe may need to work on his game.
The Liverpool boss is quoted in the Liverpool Echo saying: “He’s got running power, pace, and he has a lovely touch on the ball. He just needs to work on his finishing!
“The most important thing for me though, is that he gets into those positions. For a kid of that age, his composure, his touch, his speed, he has all the attributes to be an outstanding player.”
Fans have already seen glimpses of Ibe in the first team, as Rodgers handed him his debut on the final day of the 2012/13 Premier League season where he played an hour in the 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Anfield.
He also featured in the League Cup win against Notts County last August, as well as the 5-1 win over Arsenal in February, and has been in and around the first team a great deal.
Some are comparing 18-year-old Ibe to Sterling, as Rodgers explained he used him in a similar way to the teenager who has earned a call up to the England World Cup squad.
Ibe played one part of the game on the wing, and then played at the head of a diamond, and if he produces similar form in pre-season, it will give Rodgers something to think about going into the next season.