Brendan Rodgers talks up Jordon Ibe’s first-team chances

The Liverpool boss was full of praise for the hometown star after he scored an excellent solo effort against a Malaysia XI.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Jordon Ibe is in line for a starting berth when Premier League action returns next month, as per The Mirror.

The 19-year-old scored for the Reds in a 1-1 draw against a Malaysia XI to end the Anfield club’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.

Ibe had his breakthrough campaign last term, with the Northern Irish manager throwing the teenager in at the deep end and the star repaying his manager in kind.

With the homegrown star excelling in pre-season and one of the standout performers for the Merseyside outfit in warm-up fixtures, Rodgers has confessed that Ibe is in line to make the starting XI in the Premier League.

“Ibe has been outstanding,” The Mirror quote Rodgers as saying.

“He has staked a real claim to start the season in the team. Wonderful goal, wonderful finish.

“He was very good and he has been working very hard. He has a number of qualities and he will only improve.”

Liverpool start the 2015-16 campaign away to Stoke - the scene of their 6-1 thumping on the last day of last season.

Ibe started seven Premier League games in the second half of last season after being recalled by Rodgers from a loan stint at Derby County.

The teenager played at right wing-back in the side’s bespoke 3-4-3 formation, but the signing of Nathaniel Clyne and departure of Raheem Sterling suggests that Ibe could be deployed further forward in the forthcoming campaign.

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