Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is confident that rising starlet Jordan Ibe will put pen to paper on a new contract in the near future and pledge his services to Anfield.
The 19-year-old, who has enjoyed a rise to prominence in recent weeks having been handed his first-team chance by Rodgers, has two years left on his current deal, but the emphasis at the Merseyside club is very much behind getting him to be with the club for a lot longer than that, according to the Daily Mirror.
His performances against both Everton and Tottenham Hotspur have enhanced his reputation as a prodigal talent for the future, and the fact that he’s managed to stay in Rodgers’ plans gives an indication that the Northern Irishman sees him as a useful asset.
That’s high status indeed given that prior to the start of the campaign he was a relative unknown, and Liverpool fans will surely now be seeing - or more likely hoping for - shades of Raheem Sterling as he continues his rise through the ranks.
Importance to Liverpool
With Steven Gerrard set to move to the MLS at the end of the season Liverpool are facing a period of transition, and so the more homegrown talents they have in the squad the more stable things look moving forward.
Though Ibe is hardly considered as important as Sterling yet he could well follow in his teammate's footsteps, and if he agrees to sign the new deal set to be offered to him, he’ll be on course for success.
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