One goal, four dribbles - Liverpool prospect stars in Derby fightback

Jordan Ibe netted the first goal in Derby’s fightback at home to Cardiff, impressing in a cameo for the Rams.

The young forward joined the Rams on loan from Liverpool at the end of August, making three substitute appearances so far this Championship season.

In his burgeoning career at Anfield, Ibe has made two Premier League appearances for the Reds, registering an assist in his first start against QPR, before coming on as a 76th minute substitute during the 5-1 demolition of Arsenal last season.

He completed a short-term loan deal to Birmingham for the second half of last season, playing an important part in their last minute survival in the Championship, being involved in Paul Caddis’s stoppage time equaliser that saved the Blues from League One relegation.

Coming on in the 53rd minute, Ibe scored the first goal in the Rams fightback from two-goals down, netting eight minutes after his arrival in the game.

  PositionMatchMins PlayedGoalsShots on TargetKey PassesTouches
Jordon Ibe FW Derby vs Cardiff 37 1 1 2 44

He had 44 touches of the ball, more than one a minute, scoring one goal from one shot on target, and registering two key passes - although his teammates failed to convert the chances he set-up.

The 17-year old was the most creative member of the Derby team, despite his shorter spell on the pitch, whilst he was also the most conservative with his play - holding on the ball and keeping possession with aptitude.

  Total PassPassing Accuracy
Jordon Ibe 24 96%

His pass per minute ratio was one of the highest in the entire Derby ranks, whilst 96% of his passes were accurate. His creativity was important for the Rams, with an added preciseness to their play that had been missing prior to his substitution to the game.

After his impressive display, it may not be too long before the youngster makes his first start of the season - with Liverpool fans waiting with watchful eyes.

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