Glenn Hoddle says he’s looking forward to seeing Liverpool's Jordon Ibe

Jordon Ibe

Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe has been tipped for a major role this season.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle has written in his blog for the Daily Mail that he is looking forward to seeing Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe in action this season.

Following the sale of Raheem Sterling to Premier League rivals Manchester City, a space has opened up in the Reds attack and Ibe has been tipped by many to fill the void.

The 19-year-old is a big prospect on Merseyside and has already shown his talent in Liverpool colours following a productive loan spell at Derby County which wielded five goals.

The pacey winger boasts plenty of skill, power and good close ball control aided by his intelligence in the final third, attributes which could see him go far in the game.

A number of supporters on Merseyside are already calling for his inclusion in the first-team X and former Spurs boss Hoddle says that he is looking forward to seeing him develop this season.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Jordon Ibe at Liverpool. Of course, Liverpool will feel the loss of Raheem Sterling but in Ibe, I think they have a player who is stronger, very powerful and showed flashes last season that he is ready to step up,” Hoddle explained.

“The subtleties of the game aren’t there yet but that will come in time. When Liverpool were considering Sterling’s future, they felt a little more secure because of Ibe.”

Remaining grounded

Ibe’s standout trait is his footballing brain, an attribute which is vitally important and one which when lacking sees talented players – especially wingers – fail to reach the very top.

However, the youngster may find his first-team opportunities restricted somewhat this season with the additions of Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino.

There will be the added pressure on Ibe’s shoulders considering the impression he made last season, therefore it will be up to the club to curb expectations and keep him grounded over the next 12 months.

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