Jurgen Klopp slaps Jordon Ibe after first Liverpool match

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Jurgen Klopp was filmed giving Jordon Ibe a friendly slap in the face after Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Ibe only played the final few minutes of the match, but clearly managed to impress his new manager with his brief cameo.

Klopp shook hands with all the players after the final whistle - including Tottenham’s stars - but opted to give young Ibe a swift slap around the chops. The 19-year-old, though, took it in his stride, shaking Klopp’s hand before heading to the dressing room. (Scroll down this page to see the footage).


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Liverpool’s stars will need to get used to Klopp’s eccentricity; the former Borussia Dortmund head coach was renowned for hugging and slapping his players at Signal Iduna Park when he saw fit to do so.

Klopp is a brilliant man-manager and motivator, however, and rarely falls out with his players. Several Liverpool stars have already publicly stated that they’re enjoying life under their new manager, while the stats from the weekend suggest they’ve already bought into his philosophy.

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Ibe expressed excitement after Klopp's arrival

Ibe was among those players who expressed their excitement after Klopp was appointed as the new Liverpool manager - although the England Under-21 international also admitted he felt sorry for Brendan Rodgers, the man who handed him a chance to shine at Anfield.

“I can’t wait to get back and start working with him now,” Ibe told the Mirror during the recent international break. “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.”

Jordon Ibe: The next Raheem Sterling?

Ibe will have been a little disappointed not to have played more minutes against Spurs, but there’s every chance he will start Liverpool’s next match against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Although not quite as advanced as Raheem Sterling was at the same age, Ibe certainly bears similarities to his former teammate.

Klopp will be acutely aware that Ibe possesses star potential, but managing him correctly at this early stage in his career is vital.

Liverpool fans: do you believe Jordon Ibe could become as good as Raheem Sterling? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!

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