Liverpool round-up: Jurgen Klopp warns Jordon Ibe to stay focused on improvement

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Klopp on Ibe

Jordon Ibe sparked scenes of delirious celebration from Jurgen Klopp when he scored the winner during Liverpool’s Europa League clash with Rubin Kazan, but the German coach has warned the youngster not to get ahead of himself.

Klopp said after the match that Ibe still had plenty of learning to do if he wanted to fulfil his potential.

"He is a good lad and a big talent, a very skilled player," said Klopp, after the match.

"He has a really good base and he feels good at this moment but he has to work on things and he has a lot to learn. If he is prepared for this then everything will be good."

The 19-year-old has already become a major fixture in Klopp’s squad, but, as Klopp will be only too happy to tell you, changes will be made if he’s not pulling his own weight.

Fortunately for him, at the moment he’s doing more than that.

And then there's this, which we couldn't leave out:

Coutinho explanation

Meanwhile, Klopp has explained why star performer Philippe Coutinho didn’t start last night’s match, and it was because he was contending with a minor problem.

The Brazilian and teammate Adam Lallana were dropped to the bench but it had absolutely nothing to do with their form - merely that Klopp was playing it safe.

Mascherano on Liverpool move

Lastly, Javier Mascherano has shed new light on his move from West Ham to Liverpool way back in 2007, admitting that he had almost decided to give up on trying to adapt to English football.

The diminutive Argentina international revealed - with thanks to our friends at Sport Witness for relaying - how then-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez had travelled to London to negotiate with him, convincing him in the end to continue his Premier League journey via Liverpool.

Here are some of Mascherano's best bits in a Reds' shirt:

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