Liverpool win over Arsenal can make a statement, says Jordon Ibe

Jordon Ibe

The young forward is also keen to make a personal statement to fight off his competition in the squad.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Liverpool forward Jordon Ibe says a win over Arsenal on Monday evening would make a statement for the rest of the season.

The Reds have enjoyed a winning start to their campaign, with successive 1-0 wins over both Stoke and Bournemouth.

They are expected to challenge for a top four place as a minimum this summer having spent heavily to improve their squad after last season’s disappointing sixth-placed finish.

One of their main rivals for a top four spot will of course be the Gunners, and Ibe says a win over them at the Emirates on Monday would put out a statement to the rest of the league that they mean business this year.

"For us, [a win can] make a statement to everyone that we can be a Champions League team and win medals,” he told liverpoolfc.com.

"If we beat Arsenal it'll give all the new players and the players that were already here the confidence to kick on. Playing against a top-four team is quite a test for us but hopefully we can get ourselves in that position come the end of the season.”

Determination to make a statement in the team 

The youngster is likely to start in the game at the Emirates, with him quickly becoming a regular in the first team this season.

He has started both games against Stoke and Bournemouth so far following an impressive pre-season, with many expecting him to replace Raheem Sterling who has left for Manchester City.

He is yet to score his first official goals for the Reds though, and says he wants to make a statement in the team to keep out the other players in the squad who are pushing for his place in the team.

"I can try to get a goal, have a key pass or get an assist because I want to make a statement in the team," he added.

"It's competitive on the training ground and every other player is pushing me hard and hopefully I'm pushing them hard. It's great at the moment but hopefully we can keep building and I can keep building as a player and we can all do well together."

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