Alberto Moreno backs Liverpool youngster for big future at Anfield

Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe has impressed his teammates in recent weeks.

Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno has told reporters for The Sun that teammate Jordon Ibe will turn out to be a very important player for the Reds.

The 19-year-old winger rose through the Liverpool youth ranks before spending the first half of the current campaign on loan at Championship high-fliers Derby County.

His form for the Rams was impressive as he notched five goals in 13 starts, with one of those a superb strike from the corner of the area in a vital 2-1 victory at promotion rivals Watford.

Ibe’s rise to prominence in the second tier ultimately prompted Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to call him back from his loan spell in January and hand him an immediate start in the Merseyside derby.

His performances against Everton and later Tottenham Hotspur were reminiscent of a player with bags of Premier League experience, and Moreno believes that’s where he will end up for the foreseeable future.

“He is still so young and is showing his value already. He’s young, strong and fast — and he can play brilliantly using both feet,” Moreno explained to The Sun.

“As well as that, he is from the Liverpool academy and the fans enjoy having a first-team player from there. I bet he will turn out to be a very important player for Liverpool and a great footballer.”

  PositionTeamTotal ContestTotal PassAccurate PassFwd PassFinal Third EntriesAppearancesMins Played
Jordon Ibe MF Liverpool 15 82 75 13 7 4 194

Ibe offers trickery and pace on the wing but has also shown that he is capable of tracking back and contributing with defensive duties – perfect for a wing-back role similar to Moreno on the opposite flank.

However, his natural attacking ability and goal threat would arguably be wasted in such a role and therefore it is likely that he will provide competition for one of the wide roles either side of striker Daniel Sturridge.

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