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Cristiano Ronaldo videos used to inspire Liverpool teenager

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Liverpool have outlined Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as the player Reds teenager Jordon Ibe should aspire to emulate as he continues his burgeoning career.

Ibe was signed by Liverpool from Wycombe Wanderers four days before his 16th birthday in December 2011, in what was a relatively high-profile deal, and much is expected of the young winger on Merseyside.

The 17-year-old has made two senior appearances for Liverpool, the first of which came on the final day of last season against Queens Park Rangers, while his second outing was in the defeat of Notts County at Anfield in August.

Despite his experience of first-team football, Ibe spends the majority of his time with the Liverpool academy sides, and he is highly-regarded indeed by the coaches in the club's development squads.

Academy head of development analysis, Tim Jenkins, explains how Ibe is made to watch clips of Cristiano Ronaldo in order to help his education, with the club hopeful he can develop his game in a similar way to that of the Santiago Bernabeu icon.

"Another example of how we try and help the youngsters improve is by showing them videos of other players. So with Jordon, we would show him a video of Cristiano Ronaldo," Jenkins told the official Liverpool website.

"Kyle Wiffen, who is our U18s performance analyst, put together a really powerful analysis video which analysed how Ronaldo scored so many goals, what type of goals he scored, what type of runs he made and summarised all this in a clip, which we were then able to give to Jordon.

"We do this so that the likes of Jordon can see just how successful Ronaldo has been and then he can try and emulate that."

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