Liverpool media round-up, details of Ibe's contract offer, reaction to Europa League exit

Jordon Ibe

A selection of the latest stories in the media surrounding Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Liverpool will give a significant pay rise to 19-year-old winger Jordon Ibe according to the Daily Mirror.

It emerged that Liverpool were planning to tie him down to a longer term deal, and the Mirror have said his pay could rise from around £6,000 per week to around £25,000 with a staggered deal that rewards progress.

Ibe was on loan at Derby County earlier on in the season and since his return to Anfield he has been a bit part of the Liverpool first team.

Liverpool were knocked out of the Europa League last night on penalties after losing the second leg of their tie 1-0 in Istanbul, with Dejan Lovren missing the decisive spot-kick as the Reds went out 5-4 on penalties.

Despite one avenue for silverware and a return to the Champions League closed off for Liverpool, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes the Reds can achieve a return to Europe's premier competition via the league places, and lift a trophy by winning the FA Cup.

Mignolet told the Liverpool Echo: “We always said we want to get in the Champions League for next season.

“We're still in the FA Cup and we're close to the top four in the Premier League so there is still a lot to play for this season.

“It's not easy at this moment when you've just come out of the dressing room and we've gone out of Europa League but we have to put it behind us."

Brendan Rodgers bemoaned not taking opportunities presented to his side in the first half, as both Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge both had chances but failed to capitalise.

The Liverpool manager told reporters after the game: “I thought we created opportunities in the first half to make it really difficult for them.

“Up until they scored the goal we were quite comfortable in the game. Away from home the objective for us was to keep a clean sheet.

“We created chances in the first half. We were missing a lot of our creativity (with the absent players), but it’s no excuse."

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