Jordon Ibe has wished his former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers all the best for the future - but is now looking forward to working under the Northern Irishman’s charismatic successor, Jurgen Klopp.
The 19-year-old - who hinted he was saddened by the departure of Rodgers via Instagram last week - is currently away on international duty with the England Under-21s but will report back to Melwood for training before the end of the week.
Ibe believes Klopp possesses the ability to help him develop as a player and is excited by the prospect of meeting his new manager ahead of the Reds’ next Premier League fixture against Tottenham on Saturday.
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“I can’t wait to get back and start working with him now,” the teenager was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“I can only try and get better with the help he’s hopefully going to provide for me, and there’s a lot of other young players, so working around him should be great and also for the senior players in the squad.”
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Ibe's message for Rodgers
But Ibe also reserved a special mention for Rodgers, whose three-and-a-half-year tenure at Anfield came to an abrupt halt following the 1-1 draw against Everton before the international break.
“It’s a shame [about Rodgers], because he was an important man in my career,” the promising winger added. “But that’s how football is. There’s no promises in football and I wish him all the best for the future.
“I now need to focus and work under the new manager, he’s got good experience and did some great stuff with Borussia Dortmund.”
Ibe can fulfil his potential under Klopp
Ibe can be forgiven for feeling a little disappointed by the departure of Rodgers, the manager who handed him his Liverpool debut and opportunities in the first team, but the youngster is right to look to the future.
Impressing Klopp in training must now be his primary aim - in order to prove that he’s ready to play a big role for Liverpool this season, despite his tender age.
Ibe possesses huge talent - there are similarities between his style of play and that of Raheem Sterling - and it’s now down to Klopp to help the England Under-21 international fulfil that potential.
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