Photo: Jurgen Klopp puts an arm around the shoulder of Jordon Ibe

The Liverpool boss was full of encouragement towards the 19-year-old during first-team training.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp put an arm around the shoulder of Jordon Ibe during first-team training on Friday afternoon - will he be calling upon the teenager during his side's Premier League clash with Southampton on Sunday afternoon?

Klopp has so far overseen two draws at Liverpool, with no goals as of yet scored from open play.

There has been a certain spark missing in the final third for the Reds, whose problems are something their German coach has inherited and will look to eradicate as soon as time allows.

An answer to Liverpool's lack of creativity, though, could certainly be to use Ibe against the Saints.

The 19-year-old impressed on several occasions last term with his directness and energy. He has gone off the pace somewhat in recent weeks and months but Klopp's encouragement during training could be just what the teenager needs.

The 48-year-old has been noticeably positive since taking over at Anfield and that needs to radiate to the players.

Even if Klopp is putting on a fake smile from time to time, the Liverpool squad needs some joy instilled into their football.

Only then can the team, in turn, bring joy to the fans.

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