Jurgen Klopp responds to rumours suggesting he and Jordon Ibe do not get along

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The Liverpool manager has rubbished claims that he does not have a strong working relationship with the Reds youngster.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gave a decisive response to reporters in his post-Bournemouth press conference on Sunday when questioned about rumours that he did not see eye-to-eye with youngster Jordon Ibe, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

Ibe put in an impressive performance in a much-changed Reds side at the Vitality Stadium as Klopp put his faith in youth rather than continue with senior players tired from their remarkable comeback win over Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night.

The 20-year-old has featured regularly for the Merseyside club this season, making 36 appearances in all competitions as he makes his true breakthrough into the senior set-up at Anfield.

However, before Sunday's starring display, in which Ibe set up both Liverpool goals and played 78 minutes before being substituted, the winger had only featured once since the start of March, despite the rotation required by ongoing participation in the Europa League.

That had led to whispers that the relationship between player and manager was suffering, but Klopp moved to quash these rumours after Sunday's 2-1 win.

He told reporters, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: "I heard from somewhere that Jordon has some problems with me or something? Absolutely not. Only a few young players can come up, and sometimes they are in the squad, sometimes not.

"He's still a brilliant, big, big talent which is very good for English football. He did well today with the pass for the first goal, and the cross for the second. I was very happy.

"I was not surprised [with his young side's performance] but it was better than it could have been! We changed a lot, and I am really pleased for all the boys how they played today. We had a young team, young wingers, young full backs, young goalkeeper, but the exciting thing is giving the young players the opportunity to be part of Premier League games."

Ibe has bloomed this season at Anfield after taking his first big steps in the first team upon his return from a successful loan spell at Derby County in January 2015.

Meanwhile, the victory for Klopp's side on the South coast was a huge boost as they avoided a Europa League hangover to continue their charge for a top-six place in the Premier League.

The latest win leaves the Reds sitting in eighth, just two points off West Ham in sixth and five off Manchester United in fifth with six matches remaining.

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