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Jurgen Klopp defends performance of 20-year-old Liverpool ace Jordon Ibe

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe struggled against West Ham.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has defended winger Jordon Ibe after a poor display against West Ham.

Speaking to the club's official website, Klopp acknowledged Ibe is finding it difficult at present, but is pleased he continues to give his all.

He said: "Ibe is not in the best moment of the season but was really fighting in the game."

Klopp stuck with the winger rather than taking him off, but whether he continues with him in upcoming games is another matter.

The 20-year-old has three goals and one assist to his name this season, but has not contributed any of them over his last eight appearances.

With reinforcements likely to arrive in the summer, Ibe is playing for a big future role under Jurgen Klopp, and needs to step up his displays.

Klopp also defended under pressure Christian Benteke, who missed opportunities in the 2-1 loss to the Hammers which could have turned the game in their favour.

He said: "Ask 80 to 90 per cent of all strikers in the world – high-quality, low-quality, no-quality – they will tell you they’ve had times like this.

“It’s like it is and you have to carry on. You have to go on, there’s no other situation. All the people in the world want the easy goal, but then the easy goal doesn’t help, so you have to play, you have to improve, you have to want to do all the things – that’s how it always is. It’s no different for Christian."

Benteke is under pressure for his first team place with both Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi looking bright when they came off the bench.

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