Here's what Steven Gerrard said about Jordon Ibe's Liverpool potential 12 months ago

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard said Jordon Ibe could become better than Raheem Sterling.

Liverpool have confirmed that Jordon Ibe has been sold to Bournemouth, becoming the second player to be sold in 24 hours.

He follows Martin Skrtel out the door, who the club confirmed has been sold to Turkish side Fenerbahce. 

Liverpool's Jordon IbeLiverpool's Jordon Ibe

Unlike Skrtel, Ibe is just really beginning his career, and it is somewhat of a gamble by Liverpool to let him leave at just 20.

It is an educated gamble, as the club know him better than any others, but there is a lot of room for improvement, and the sale could come back to bite them one day.

He is a player former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard thought highly of, telling the Daily Mail last year that he felt Ibe had the potential to succeed Raheem Sterling, who had just been sold to Manchester City.

He said: “I think it’s down to Jordon to grasp that position now Raheem has gone.

“If he can be mentally strong, hungry and want it, the stage is there for him to be a terrific wide-man for Liverpool.

"He’s certainly got all the tools. I am sure Brendan will give him the same time he gave Raheem and you saw how much he progressed Raheem over the years.”

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates with Liverpool manager Brendan RodgersLiverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Unfortunately for Ibe, Rodgers was sacked midway through last season, and Jurgen Klopp did not rate the winger as highly as his predecessor.

Ibe must also bear responsibility for his exit though, as his performances last season simply did not live up to the hype.

As Gerrard said, the stage was there for him to succeed, but he could not take advantage.

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe in action with Stoke's Ibrahim Affelay and Xherdan ShaqiriLiverpool's Jordon Ibe in action with Stoke's Ibrahim Affelay and Xherdan Shaqiri

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