Liverpool fans react on Twitter to Jordon Ibe's under-21 performance

Liverpool's under 21's failed to live up to the heights of their under 18 side's good win at the weekend as they went down 3-2 at home to Bolton Wanderers

Liverpool missed the chance to go top of the Under 21 Premier League after going down 3-2 to Bolton Wanderers at the Kirkby Academy.

There were some fairly high profile members of the squad playing for Liverpool’s second string. Martin Kelly played 45 minutes after his substitute appearance for the first team in the 4-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday.

On-loan left-back Aly Cissokho played the full 90 minutes along with fellow summer signing Tiago Ilori, whilst 18-year-old winger Jordon Ibe featured prominently during the game.

But they couldn’t stop Bolton leaving with the win as a penalty from Jan Gregus, Zach Clough gave Bolton a 2-0 lead before Jordan Rossiter pulled a goal back for Liverpool. Jordon Ibe scored from the penalty spot just before half-time to level the game up for the Reds, but a late header from Oscar Threlkeld gave the Trotters victory.

Bolton took the lead early on when Jordan Lussey gave away a penalty for Liverpool for a push on Gregus which he converted on 16 minutes, and it was 2-0 only six minutes later when a counter-attacking move fell to striker Conor Wilkinson who hit the post before it fell to Clough to double the visitors lead.

Liverpool’s Ibe looked a constant threat throughout the game and Cissokho looked to impress on the opposite cross, and it was his cross that allowed Jordan Rossiter to score a looping header to get Liverpool back into the game, before Jordon Ibe’s run brought about a trip from Threlkeld. 18-year-old Ibe slotted away the penalty in a cool manner towards the end of the second half.

The game could’ve been turned on its head if Rossiter had managed to stab home Ibe’s cross but to no avail.

The second half was a more tight affair, with Bolton looking threatening on the counter attack but it was a towering header from Threlkeld that was the decisive play, even if Liverpool hit the cross bar in the last minute.

A disappointing result for Liverpool but a very good win for a resolute Bolton.

Jordon Ibe could be proud of his performance but it was unfortunate for the Reds that they couldn’t follow in the footsteps of the under 18’s, who managed to beat Manchester United 3-1 at the weekend.

Martin Kelly will be glad to get some more minutes under his belt as he continues the road to full fitness, whilst Aly Cissokho will have hoped he gave Brendan Rodgers something to think about. Going forward he looked a threat, but still looked a little uncomfortable defensively.

Ibe featured prominently in Liverpool's defeat and saw a lot of the ball. He looked to take on the Bolton defence and put in some threatening deliveries.

He managed to win a penalty just before the half-time break which he scored to bring the game back to 2-2, but the now 18-year-old couldn't help the Reds to a win as they lost 3-2 to the Trotters.

Here is the reaction of some twitter users to his performance: 

image: © Kevin Walsh

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