Liverpool's Jordon Ibe to go on loan - good or bad?

Ibe has been linked with loan move to Derby County and Bolton Wanderers.

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe looks set to go on loan before the end of the transfer window, with both Derby County and Bolton Wanderers interested in the 18-year-old.

The youngster has been tipped as a star for the future and has seen a bit of first team action already at the Reds, as well as playing a significant part on the club's most recent pre-season tour of the United States. 

His performances during pre-season showed he could be an effective member of the squad this season but the signings of Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana means that competition in that area of the field has become incredibly congested.

Given the talent that Ibe has, there is a pretty good argument for him to stay at the club. He has pace, power and can be really effective late on in games off the bench.

However, he is still only 18 - and if there are as many as four players ahead of him in the pecking order - with Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho also likely to be competing for a place in the side in that area of the field - it's probably for the best that Ibe still gets games under his belt. 

Rodgers handed Ibe his first-team debut in a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers in May 2013, and included him in and around the first team for much of last season but he didn't make many appearances. So he spent time on loan with Birmingham City and seems to have benefited as a result.

There is one part of his game that some would regard as a glaring weakness, and that is his finishing. He has shown he can take on players and play a good ball into the penalty area, but when he has a chance on goal his finishing leaves a lot to be desired. 

Even with Liverpool facing extra games this season in the Champions League, the chances of Ibe getting a run of games in the side are limited. What he needs is games on a consistent basis in order to improve the weaker sides of his game, and help his own confidence and belief.

A move on loan playing games week in, week out will be a good move for the player, and in the long term the club.

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