It was two years ago that Northern Irishman, Brendan Rodgers, took the Anfield hot seat. He arrived at a time where the clubs American owners had decided to tighten the purse strings a little after spending 100 million GBP on players that failed to deliver. At the time I wrote a piece suggesting that a certain, Raheem Sterling, could make or break the Rodgers era. Sterling is now one of the focal points of a Liverpool attack that bagged over 100 goals last season. His youthful enthusiasm, speed and skill have seen the 19 year old promoted to the England squad with a price tag of around 30 million GBP slapped across his head. Times have changed of course. After a second place finish in the English Premier League and a return to the Champions League Liverpool are once again in the hunt for top talent in the transfer market. The imminent sale of striker, Luis Suarez is also set to boost the Anfield coffers by some 80 Million or so. But even with arrivals of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can on top of the constant rumours of other top arrivals there is another player floating around the LFC academy that is set to take the world by storm, Jordan Ibe.
Ibe was bought from Wycombe Wanderers were he made his first team appearance as a 15 year old nearly 3 years ago. Like Sterling Ibe, is tricky and quick. On a recent loan spell with Birmingham City he is credited with creating the goal that saved them from relegation while reds fans got a real look at his pace and power during a friendly with Shamrock Rovers. Ibe was rampant and, despite some shonky finishing, was easily the best player on the pitch. He also raised eyebrows with a recent hat-trick for England’s U19s against Montenegro leaving team mate Daniel Sturridge to Christen him the future of Liverpool and England.
“Go follow @jordan_ibe … He’s the future of lfc and England. Proud to hear he banged a hat trick for u19s. Repped my dance too!! Stay focused lil bro. #thefuture.” Said Daniel Sturridge on his Twitter feed.
At 18 year of age the young winger is full of confidence, but more importantly he still wants to learn and improve.
“Going forward, Alex Inglethorpe (Liverpool’s Academy coach) has helped me by showing me clips of Cristiano Ronaldo,” Ibe told the club’s official website. “20 of Ronaldo’s goals last season were one-touch finishes at the back post. He’s been helping me to get within the frame of the goal and in the six-yard box. “I haven’t scored a lot of goals this season, I have plenty of assists, but with what Alex is showing me I hope I can score a few more goals towards the end of the season.”
I think he is so good that that I feel, Brendan Rodgers, would do well to save some of that money burning a hole in his pocket by giving Jordan Ibe a good run in the first team. When in doubt go with the enthusiasm of youth.