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Liverpool fans must not compare Jordan Ibe to Raheem Sterling

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Jordon Ibe has become Liverpool's latest winger sensation. Following in the footsteps of his friend and former colleague Raheem Sterling, Ibe has progressed through the academy at Melwood and been fast tracked in the starting XI this term.

His eye-catching performances against Everton and Tottenham at the back end of last season put Ibe in contention for a starting berth this time round.

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Liverpool have altered their style of play since then, with Ibe previously asked to operate in an unfamiliar wing-back role.

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This season, however, Brendan Rogers has reverted to a more familiar 4-2-3-1 formation, with Ibe being used on the right of the three. The 19-year-old has pace to burn and a powerful shot, and the comparisons to Sterling are obvious for all to see.

Not Sterling comparisons needed

However, it is important that Liverpool fans do not expect too much too soon from this young prodigy. Yes, he is without doubt a fantastic talent and will only continue to flourish in a Reds side that aims to play fast, attacking football.

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There is the danger that Ibe could burn out with too much pressure upon his young shoulders, and start to produce the inconsistent performances that blighted the latter part of Sterling's Anfield career.

Ibe is likely to take more of a squad player role as Liverpool bed in new Brazilian star Roberto Firmino, but this season could certainly be a key one for the youngster picked up from Wycombe Wanderers. 

Liverpool fans, could Ibe follow in Sterling's footsteps and become a regular first-team star at Anfield? Let us know in the comments box below.

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