Jordon Ibe has admitted he feels “like a new player” following the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, who replaced Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager last month.
The 19-year-old, who expressed his sadness on Instagram shortly after Rodgers was sacked, believes Klopp’s appointment has been a breath of fresh air at the club.
The former Borussia Dortmund head coach is unbeaten since taking the job at Anfield, having secured three draws and two wins from his opening five matches, and Ibe admits he can see himself making progress under the new management.
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“With the new manager, everything is fresh,” the England Under-20 international told Liverpool’s official website. “I feel like a new player and it’s for me to keep improving and trying to stand out in training. I feel good – the whole team are feeling great and fresh.
“We’ve won two games now, so it’s still new. We just need to win a few more now and I am sure that mentality and confidence will come where we think, ‘We can go there and beat them.’”
Ibe is impressing under Klopp
Klopp is aware of Ibe’s considerable talent but appears to be reluctant to overplay the young winger at this crucial stage of his career.
Ibe did, however, play the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 win over Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup last week - his fake pass went viral on social media - and came off the bench in the 3-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and set up Christian Benteke’s goal.
Ibe: Klopp's never-say-die attitude is rubbing off
The Bermondsey-born starlet also revealed that Klopp is attempting to install a never-say-die attitude amongst his squad.
“It was one of the most important things the new manager has said – we need to be a team who can be 2-0 down and know there is still time for us to get a goal,” Ibe added. “It could be in the last 10 minutes, so it’s just about having a mentality that is like ‘it’s now up to us to go and get two goals…and then a third one'.
“It was great for the team to come back from 1-0 down because it is difficult to do that and beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It was great.
“There is a lot of learning in training. There are times when we are watching and he is explaining something. We have quite a few meetings where he shows us things on video from previous games. It’s great to learn and I’m enjoying it.
“Everyone’s happy with the win, it was fully deserved. Hopefully we can continue and start picking up more points.”
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