The youngster has played a significant role in the Reds recent revival, with the manager deserving credit as a result.
Liverpool’s Champions League qualification hopes got another real boost yesterday as the Anfield outfit travelled to Southampton and recorded a fine 2-0 victory.
With the Merseysiders having now chalked up victories over two major rivals for a top-four finish in recent weeks, Brendan Rodgers deserves credit for the way he has dragged the club out of an immediate post-Luis Suarez slump.
Arguably his best decision since the turn of the year has been the recall of Jordon Ibe from loan at Derby, with the youngster thriving in an increasingly confident Reds side.
With the homegrown talent thriving in The Championship and getting regular first-team football, it would have been tempting to leave the winger there and see him as a player to feature next term.
He would have had a season’s regular action under his belt and started next term as good as a new signing for the Reds.
Despite this, Rodgers saw Ibe’s promise in his time at Derby, terminated the loan switch early and made the brave decision to drop the youngster into his starting XI in the Merseyside derby.
The young star has rewarded his manager for the show of faith with some fine displays, but the decision should be applauded give its timing.
With Steven Gerrard leaving his boyhood club this summer for pastures new, having another homegrown hero in the first-team ranks will only be a source of pride for the Anfield faithful.