Jordon Ibe reveals how he switched allegiance from Chelsea to Liverpool

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Liverpool prodigy Jordon Ibe used to be a Chelsea supporter.

Liverpool prodigy Jordon Ibe says watching the team during the big Champions League clashes resulted in him dropping his previous affiliation for Chelsea in order to follow the Reds, The Sun reports.

The 19-year-old winger came up through the youth ranks with the Reds and has broken in to the first team in recent weeks following a successful loan spell at Derby County.

During his time with the Rams, he netted five goals in 13 starts as Steve McClaren’s men push towards promotion before heading back to Merseyside in the January transfer window.

He is widely regarded as another young English starlet having made his way through the renowned Liverpool academy, yet his affiliation for the club only began around 10 years ago.

Before that, Ibe was an avid fan of the Blues, but watching the likes of Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso roam the Anfield midfield got him hooked on the Merseysiders.

“Dad was a Liverpool supporter. When I was growing up I supported Chelsea a little bit but I have been a Liverpool fan since I started watching the games,” he explained.

“And that Champions League final, I watched it until like, ten in the evening. I wasn’t allowed to — but I watched it anyway. And now my dad, my whole family, are so proud of me.”

How likely is Ibe going to feature over the next three months?

Following his inclusion in the first-team squad, Ibe’s job now is to hone his skills and learn from the likes of Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge who have established themselves as key players at Anfield.

Competition for places is high in Brendan Rodgers’ squad following their spending spree last summer, but with the Reds still going strong in three competitions games will come thick and fast.

As a result, Ibe can expect to feature regularly from now until the end of the season and his ability and willingness to be versatile will certainly help his cause in pinning down a long-term spot in the Reds XI.

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