Inglethorpe: Jordon Ibe has been working with Kenny Dalglish in training to improve his finishing

Kenny Dalglish Watches On

The Liverpool legend came down to Melwood to help out several youngsters and their finishing training.

Academy coach Alex Inglethorpe has revealed to the Echo that a Liverpool legend stopped in to provide Jordon Ibe and some academy players with a little extra special training this week.

And it really was special, because the man that helped out was none other than Kenny Dalglish, arguably one of the greatest British players of all time, and an icon at Anfield both as a player and a manager.

“Kenny Dalglish came in this morning and worked with Jordon Ibe and myself on a little bit of finishing," Inglethorpe told the Echo. "Kenny literally just got off a plane and came straight here."

The former Spurs youth coach also revealed that Ibe was the one who demanding extra training in a bid to take his game to the next level in time for the new campaign, having enjoyed a breakout season this year.

“This is driven by Jordon," he added. "He’s the one who wanted to come in and do a bit more. He’s the one who wanted to work on a few things.

“It’s incredible really. By chance I was just speaking to Kenny about something else. He landed at the airport at 10am and he was in here at 10.30am with his kit on and the boots on.

“He was working with Jordon, passing some fantastic pieces of advice as you’d expect. There were four or five of the U16s as well. What a day for an U16 – working with Kenny Dalglish, Jordon Ibe, on a beautiful sunny day, doing some good work.”

Liverpool aren't the only place where the 64-year-old is worshipped, Dalglish was also a goal machine for childhood club Celtic, as well as the Scottish national team, where he is joint highest scorer and highest cap holder.

He scored 167 times in an eight year spell with the Bhoys, before moving to Liverpool where he cemented his status as one of the best strikers in the world, scoring 172 times in over 500 games. Dalglish won ten league titles during his time at the two clubs, and three European Cups at Liverpool.

So, clearly there are few figures in British football who are more capable of advising players on how to play in a forward position.

It may be a little too much to expect Ibe to be playing like the Scot when the new season begins, but it's very likely he picked up one or two tricks to ensure he continues his own forward trajectory.

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