Jordon Ibe inists Liverpool can make a statement against Arsenal

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Jordon Ibe insists Liverpool can make a bold statement to their top-four rivals with a win away against Arsenal on Monday night.

The Reds have scooped maximum points from their opening two Premier League games against Stoke City and Bournemouth this season, as well as keeping a clean sheets in both matches.

A top-four finish in the league and qualifying for next year's Champions League is Brendan Rodgers' side's ultimate aim after finishing a disappointing sixth last term.


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The Emirates has been a graveyard for Liverpool in the past having won just one of their past 12 matches on the road against the Gunners.

However, Ibe is confident that Liverpool can travel back to Merseyside with all three points and make a statement of intent towards Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as injecting confidence into the Reds' squad.

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"Playing against a top-four team is quite a test for us but hopefully we can get get ourselves in that position come the end of the season," the 19-year-old told

"It's always a great battle between Arsenal and Liverpool so it should be a good contest and hopefully we can do well. For us, [a win can] make a statement to everyone that we can be a Champions League team and win medals.

"If we beat Arsenal it'll give all the new players and the players that were already here the confidence to kick on. They've already lost a game so it's crucial for them to get another win.

"We're on a winning streak right now, we've just won two games, so hopefully we can take that confidence to the Emirates and get the three points."

Ibe Contributions

Ibe had a very prosperous pre-season, which included a superb strike against Malaysia XI, and has become a valuable member of Rodgers' squad.

He's been favoured ahead of Lazar Markovic on the right-wing, with the Serbia international not featuring in Rodgers' 16 man squad for both games against Stoke and Bournemouth.

Ibe still awaits his first goal for Liverpool in 19 appearances. He had a very successful period on loan at Derby County last season where he scored five goals in 20 matches before returning to Anfield ahead of schedule.

The Reds were underwhelming in front of goal last term and totted up a total of just 52 throughout the 2014/15 campaign. Rodgers has signed Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings to increase goals in his side but will also be expecting more of his players to also find the back of the net more frequently as well as contributing with assists.

And Ibe feels that he can meet his manager's requirements which will see him fend off strong competition from other members of the Liverpool squad.

"I can try to get a goal, have a key pass or get an assist because I want to make a statement in the team," the former Wycombe Wanderers winger added. "It's competitive on the training ground and every other player is pushing me hard and hopefully I'm pushing them hard.

"But it's been great fun [for me] and things are going well. I've been really pleased and I enjoyed the pre-season. Just being around all the players, and there are quite a lot of young players and we can relate and talk.

"It's great at the moment but hopefully we can keep building and I can keep building as a player and we can all do well together."

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