Ibe 'loving' loan spell, says Derby's style is similar to Liverpool's

Jordon Ibe

Liverpool youngster Jordon Ibe is currently on loan at Championship side Derby County, and says he's settling into life well with Steve McClaren's side.

When Jordon Ibe became Wycombe's youngest ever goalscorer at the age of 15 in 2011, it wasn't long before Premier League clubs began to circle the Chairboys in a bid to land their precocious young talent. Despite interest from a host of sides, it only took two months for Liverpool to agree a deal to sign him - and he was already being tipped for the top.

Fast forward almost three years, and Ibe, 18, is still one of Liverpool's great hopes for the future but will spend the season on loan a Derby County in order to gain first team experience before returning to Anfield next summer, when he will be expected to challenge for minutes in the first team.

For now though, his attention is firmly on helping Derby achieve promotion back to the Premier League. The Rams made it to last season's Championship playoff final, but Steve McClaren saw his side lose in the dying seconds of the game against QPR to deny them promotion.

Now, the Rams are currently in ninth place, two points shy of the top six. Ibe has yet to be given a big role in McClaren's side, but the youngster says he's enjoying his spell at the iPro Stadium - even comparing the Rams' style of football to that of Liverpool. After scoring against Cardiff at the weekend, Ibe could now be a more important part of Derby's team, and he spoke about his loan spell on Derby's official site.

"I am loving being here and I feel that I’m settling in well," said Ibe. "The training is really good, we have a young group here and the style of play is similar to Liverpool. It’s exciting and I’m just looking forward to playing my part for the team.

"It is important for me to come here and do well and, after coming off the bench a few times, I want to do my best to try and get into the starting line-up. Obviously a report will be going back to Liverpool on how I am doing, so playing games and making an impact is a good way of making the feedback positive."

“The good thing is, there are so many games and being here a few weeks I’ve not had much time off! It’s great for me at a young age to have so many games because it is important to get experience," Ibe added.

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