Jordon Ibe has said that he left Liverpool to join Bournemouth in order to develop as a player and has cited the Cherries’ playing style as similar to that under former boss Brendan Rodgers, the Mirror reports.
The young English winger joined Bournemouth this summer for a club-record transfer fee of £15 million, as reported by The Mirror.
He originally came through the Liverpool youth ranks and impressed during a loan spell at Derby County, but following Rodgers’ dismissal early last season he found opportunities hard to come by.
Liverpool have plenty of competition for places and with boss Jurgen Klopp actively seeking to bolster his squad further this summer, Ibe no doubt felt the time was right to move on.
The winger has explained his decision to leave the Reds was to further his career before adding that Bournemouth’s playing style under manager Eddie Howe was a leading factor.
“Bournemouth is a good club. They play the same football as Brendan Rodgers used to play so I like the style of play and the philosophy the manager has got,” he told the Mirror.
“It is a great opportunity for me to take another step in my career and develop as a player.”
Bournemouth have risen through the leagues in impressive fashion under Howe, and last season was the young manager’s biggest achievement as he kept the Cherries in the top-flight against the odds.
The south coast club like to get the ball on the floor and play with pace, a style which Ibe was used to under now Celtic boss Rodgers during their time at Anfield together.
Ibe will be seen as a replacement for winger Matt Ritchie following the Scot’s tranafer to Newcastle United.