John Aldridge explains why he's worried over Jordon Ibe

Jordon Ibe

Ibe was talked about as a big hope for Liverpool but hasn't been near the side for some time.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has expressed his worry about Jordon Ibe, whose most recent competitive action saw him sent off for a second bookable offence in England's under-21 clash with Switzerland.

Ibe has struggled to get into the Liverpool side of late despite being highly rated by many at the club, and seems to have fallen down the pecking order - with Sheyi Ojo picked ahead of him as part of the matchday squad for the last game - the 3-2 defeat to Southampton. 

Some were backing Ibe to kick on this season after being brought back from a loan spell at Derby County during the midway point of last season.

Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "One player I’m a little worried about is Jordon Ibe. I’m a huge fan of him as a player but he’s lost his way a little. Things haven’t been going great for him though there wasn’t a lot in his sending off for the England U21s at the weekend.

"The lad needs to get back as quickly as he can."

Ibe only feature for nine minutes across the Europa League games against Augsburg or Manchester United, missed out on the side in the League Cup final, and has played just two minutes in the last four Premier League games. 

There have been times when Ibe has shown he can have a role to play, having initially improved under Jurgen Klopp when the German took over at the club, has found the net three times but hasn't been able to show the kind of promise that people would expect from a powerful, young winger on a consistent basis, therefore has found himself on the fringes of the side, and hasn't rediscovered the kind of form he wants while playing for the under-21 side.

It could be an interesting summer for the winger. At the age of 20, there is still plenty of development left in him but the manager will want to see more promise from him. Has he offered enough in the final third when he's played? It's hard to make a case to say he has.

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