Rodgers talks up Jordon Ibe: will youth star graduate next season?

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Brendan Rodgers waxed lyrical over youngster after a tactically disciplined performance versus Shamrock Rovers.

Liverpool defeated Shamrock Rovers by four goals to nil in an end-of-season friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Wednesday evening and, while there were four different scorers for the Reds, manager Brendan Rodgers singled out Jordan Ibe for specific praise.

"Jordon Ibe is a young player, 18-years of age," said Rodgers to the club's official website.

The talented youngster was released from Charlton Athletic's youth team before he was even a teenager, but bounced back with Wycombe Wanderers, progressing through their academy system prior to breaking a club record as their youngest senior debutant aged 15, when he featured against Colchester United. Just months later, he again put himself into the Adams Park history books as he became their youngest ever goal-scorer, netting against Hartlepool United.

He transferred to Liverpool in 2012 and, while he has had a single appearance taster of senior level action in both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, his record at the Under-21 level in the U21 Premier League (two goals and five assists from five appearances - one every 64 minutes) suggests that, with the right encouragement and nurturing, he can have an impact on the left wing in the men's team.

Against Shamrock, Ibe set up Iago Aspas' opening goal with a delightful cut-back. He also demonstrated his sterling dribbling ability. However, Rodgers talked up his flexibility: "We're coaching and developing him," said the 41-year-old.

"He's been a wide player traditionally in a 4-3-3 but he came in for the second half and played at the top of a diamond. And he showed wonderful intelligence and quality, technically and tactically, to play."

Fabio Borini, Martin Kelly and Jack Dunn also got themselves on the score-sheet.

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