48 touches, 1 wonder goal: Liverpool loanee shines in Derby win

Jordon Ibe got on the scoresheet during Derby County’s impressive 2-1 victory over Watford.

Liverpool loanee Jordon Ibe impressed as Derby County recorded an excellent 2-1 victory over Championship promotion rivals Watford.

The 18-year-old winger joined the Reds from Wycombe Wanderers on a pre-contract in December 2011 and immediately made an impression in the U18 squad on Merseyside.

After completing a loan spell at Birmingham City towards the end of last season, Ibe was to return to the Championship with the Rams as he moved to the East Midlands on a season-long loan deal.

While his involvement with the Championship table-toppers has been evident so far this season, Saturday’s clash at Vicarage Road against Watford was arguably his best game to date.

  GoalsShotsDribbles WonTouchesAccurate PassesDispossessedBall RecoveriesMins Played
Jordon Ibe 1 3 3 48 25 0 2 74

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the England U20 international made a big difference in the 74 minutes he enjoyed on the pitch before being substituted.

He opened the scoring for Steve McClaren’s side by picking up a Johnny Russell pass in familiar territory on the left of the box, cut inside the full-back before sending a delightful shot into the far top corner.

It was a goal worthy of winning the club’s November goal of the month competition, although teammate Craig Bryson might disagree after his second-half 30-yard thunderbolt was equally spectacular.

Aside from Ibe’s goal, his all-round display was of a high quality as he tormented Watford’s highly-rated full-back Juan Carlos Paredes throughout, completing three successful dribbles in the process.

In possession, the Reds’ loanee was confident and precise – posting 25 accurate passes and protecting the ball well.

The former Wycombe youngster still has plenty to learn before harbouring hopes of following in the footsteps of Kop idol and full England international Raheem Sterling, but the signs are promising.

Following Andre Wisdom’s fruitful stint last year and Ibe’s current development, the Ipro stadium could see more Liverpool youngsters on loan in the foreseeable future as the benefits of McClaren’s tuition continues to pay off.

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