Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers want to reward Jordon Ibe for a string of impressive performances in recent weeks by handing the 19-year-old a new contract, according to The Guardian.
Ibe has been a revelation since being recalled from a loan spell at Derby County last month, adapting very quickly to life in the Premier League thanks to a rare mix of pace and power.
Anfield chiefs are anxious to make sure Ibe's long-term future is secure, which means that despite the starlet being under contract until 2017 he's in line for a massive pay rise.
Rodgers looking to the long-term
Ibe is just the latest Liverpool player targeted for fresh terms, with Rodgers hoping to keep the core nucleus of his promising squad together as part of a long-term vision for the club.
Philippe Coutinho put pen to paper three weeks ago, with Rodgers hoping that Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Martin Srktel and now Ibe will follow his lead over the next few weeks.
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Ibe looks a very exciting prospect
There's no doubt that Ibe has surpassed relatively low expectations since being thrown into Liverpool's starting XI in last month's goalless Merseyside derby, crashing a thunderous drive off the crossbar in close to the only meaningful action in the entire match.
Ibe was also in the thick of the action throughout last week's 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur, regularly showing the kind of endeavour down the right that should make him a firm favourite under Rodgers moving forward.
Rodgers has proven in his time on Merseyside that young forward-thinking players will get the chance to shine under his regime should they impress, which is exactly what Ibe has done over the last three weeks.
There's a risk of getting carried away over the upturn in form of a player that's featured just four times in the Premier League this season, but Ibe definitely has the potential to succeed at Liverpool and is worth an improved contract on that basis alone.
Liverpool fans, do you think Ibe has done enough to earn a bigger contract or should have to be consistent for a longer period of time? Have your say in the comment box below!
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