PHOTO: Liverpool wonderkid training with Emre Can

Jordon Ibe

Jordon Ibe was proud to have come up against new Liverpool signing Emre Can in training.

The German, who moved to Anfield from Bayer Leverkusen this summer, had already been snapped scoring a bicycle kick at Melwood, before youngster Ibe took to Instagram to show off a pic of him in battle with Can.

The 20-year-old is a versatile player who specialises in defensive midfield but can also play across the back four.

Ibe. meanwhile, is two years the German's junior and plays a more attacking role as a winger. Questions will be asked about his future, as competition for places within Liverpool's squad will be much greater this season.

Last term, before the captures of Adam Lallana and Can, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers still considered Ibe too young and inexperienced to make a difference in the first team.

The 18-year-old was thus loaned out to Championship side Birmingham City, where he scored once but endured a mixed spell.

Ibe could thus be sent out on loan for more experience this term but a breakthrough season for the winger could not be beyond the realms of imagination. Raheem Sterling was of a similar age when he made his mark for the Reds and, at 19, is now a regular starter for both club and country.

Pre-season is likely to be a vital time for Ibe if he is to convince Rodgers that he can offer his side something ahead of a campaign that sees Liverpool challenge on four fronts.

Getting to grips with Can, then, will do the 18-year-old no harm as he looks to get stuck in early on for the Reds. Perhaps he can learn a thing or two from the German, too.

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