Jermaine Pennant criticises Liverpool's selection of Milner, says Ibe should have played

Jordon Ibe

Former Liverpool star gave his thoughts on the Europa League final.

Former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant has criticised the selection of James Milner in the Europa League final, insisting Jordon Ibe should have been selected instead.

Pennant started in Liverpool's previous European final, the 2007 1-0 Champions League loss to AC Milan, and was one of their better players on the night.

The former Reds star said that English teams needed to learn from Liverpool's defeat, to start picking their flair players, rather than industrious types, and gave the Milner and Ibe comparison as an example.

He went onto express his commiserations for the Reds, who were defeated 3-1 by Sevilla.

Pennant is speaking with a little bias, as a flair player himself who was capable of influencing games, and he may well have suffered in his career by being overlooked in similar circumstances.

His comments are interesting but this season, Ibe's performances on the pitch have not been good enough, with Milner more productive.

  GoalsAssistAppearances
James Milner 5 11 28
Jordon Ibe 1 2 27

For figures relating to Premier League fixtures alone, Milner has contributed to 13 more goals than Ibe, while in the Europa League his assists in the match against Borussia Dortmund at Anfield were a factor in their memorable comeback win, and to drop him for the final would have been a harsh call. 

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