Jenas picks out the positives for Liverpool despite Crystal Palace defeat

Jordon Ibe

The former midfielder was pleased with the developing relationship between Nathaniel Clyne and Jordon Ibe.

Speaking on BBC's Match of the Day 2, broadcast from 10:30pm, Jermaine Jenas highlighted one positive from Liverpool’s defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Reds were beaten 2-1 at Anfield by the Eagles on Sunday afternoon, their first defeat under Jurgen Klopp since he replaced Brendan Rodgers.

It wasn’t the best of displays from the side as they conceded both goals from some slack defensive play, something that many had hoped had been rectified with the German taking charge.

Indeed, Klopp was not impressed with the defeat or the manner of it, but Jenas picked out the burgeoning relationship between Jordon Ibe and Nathaniel Clyne as one positive from the loss.

“There were two players I highlighted that was Jordon Ibe and Nathaniel Clyne,” he told Match of the Day 2.

“The link up play between the both of them and the understanding that they seemed to develop was brilliant. I just think that’s an element that Klopp will continually work on, and is a positive for Liverpool to take from the game.”

Ibe and Clyne’s link up play will come as a particular boost to Klopp and Liverpool as it has the potential to bring much needed width into the side.

Currently Ibe is the only true winger in the squad, with Lazar Markovic out on loan and the rest of the attacking players in the squad predominantly more central players.

That means Klopp is very much relying on Ibe to bring width into his side, while his fullbacks, are present Clyne and Moreno, will also be a big part of adding that into their game.

A potential developing partnership between Clyne will be a welcome addition then, despite the disappointing loss on Sunday.

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