Brendan Rodgers discusses Jordon Ibe's role for Liverpool next season

Jordon Ibe

The Reds boss has encouraged all of the club's young players to work hard, suggesting first team chances will come to those that do.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been talking about what he expects of young Liverpool star Jordon Ibe on the club website, with the player someone who could be set to feature even more regularly at Anfield now Raheem Sterling has departed.

After making his first Premier League start in Febuary, the 19-year-old impressed for the Reds as he made 14 appearances in total by the end of the campaign.

And Rodgers has made it clear that, such is Ibe's potential, he will continue to get game time so long as he has the right work ethic.

"He was out on loan last year for six months and came back and played in the first team. He was very much an important part of the squad," Rodgers told the Liverpool site.

"He's still very young, he's still 19 years of age, but I think you see the potential. It's just [about] him continually working hard at his game; he's still got a way to go for that consistency but I think everyone sees that potential.

"All our young players at the club know that if they demonstrate the right personality, they have a chance to play."

Rodgers went on to discuss where he sees Ibe featuring in his Liverpool side, and it sounded very much like the youngster was being perceived in a similar way as to when Raheem Sterling broke into the Reds side, able to play in nearly all attacking positions.

"I've played him in the No.10 [role]," Rodgers added. "I've had a little look at him in there and I think he could maybe play that role as well, but I think he is a natural winger that likes to be on the outside.

"He's happy to be in the duel and likes to set up the one v one. His best positions will be on the sides, for sure."

After breaking into the first team at Anfield earlier this year, it will be interesting to see how Rodgers manages to fit Ibe into his tactical plans next season. In the club's pre-season matches, it has looked like Liverpool are happy to play 4-3-3 against the opposition, a more feasible formation now they have an established right-back like Nathaniel Clyne in the squad. But Ibe is the only true winger at the club's disposal, and the likes of Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino will not be hugging touchlines and beating their fullback on the outside anywhere near as often as the former Wycombe youngster.

Whether Rodgers lets Ibe play his natural wide game when in the side, or encourages him to play a little more inward facing, it would surely be of benefit to have someone aiming to get to the byline for crosses if Liverpool finally recruit someone as powerful in the air as Christian Benteke.

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