Jordon Ibe explains the importance of Liverpool's summer tour

One of Liverpool's brightest young prospects is looking ahead to the close-season.

Liverpool player Jordon Ibe has been speaking to the club’s official tour website about his hopes for pre-season.

The 19-year-old has impressed since returning from his loan spell with Championship side Derby County, where he played 24 matches, scoring five goals and providing one assist.

He later returned to Anfield and hit the ground running before injury halted his momentum. But he is now back fit once more and hoping to make an impact not just this season but in the campaigns to come.

Liverpool have pre-season trips to Australia and Malaysia and Ibe is all too aware how important it is to make a good impression on manager Brendan Rodgers at that time.

“It’s really important to get into the gaffer’s mind of who could be in the starting XI for the first Premier League game, and just do well and keep your fitness up,” Ibe said.

A good summer tour and there is no reason why the teenager cannot become an integral part of Liverpool’s side next season. But he will also be aware that new signings are sure to arrive, with the Reds needing to effectively build or risk another year of disappointment.

Rodgers’ key jobs are surely to replace outgoing skipper Steven Gerrard and to sign a quality striker to support Daniel Sturridge. But whatever happens, in Ibe they have a not-so-secret weapon with the world at his feet.

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