Liverpool hero John Aldridge has admitted that he's a 'little worried' about midfielder Jordon Ibe.
Writing in his column for the Liverpool Echo, Aldridge has insisted that he is a 'huge fan' of the player but claims that he needs to rediscover his best form sooner rather than later.
Ibe has endured a tricky time on Merseyside recently - he has only managed 51 minutes of Premier League action since the start of February - and appears to be lacking in self-belief.
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In fact, things got worse for the youngster on international duty with the England Under-21 side last week as he was sent off in stoppage time during the side's 1-1 draw with Switzerland.
Unsurprisingly, then, Aldridge has admitted that he's concerned about Ibe as he continues to struggle for both club and country.
Aldridge wrote: "One player I’m a little worried about is Jordon Ibe. I’m a huge fan of him as a player but he’s lost his way a little. Things haven’t been going great for him though there wasn’t a lot in his sending off for the England U21s at the weekend.
"The lad needs to get back as quickly as he can."
In fact, England U-21 manager Gareth Southgate backed up the notion that Ibe is currently struggling to hit top form.
Southgate has admitted that Ibe hasn't been able to find any rhythm but claims that there's no reason why he won't be able to return to form.
The former England international stated, as per the Daily Mail: “I think players, especially at Jordon’s age, go through peaks and troughs.
“He doesn’t look full of confidence at the minute: we have got to try and help him get to the level that we think we can achieve. He doesn’t look like he is in a rhythm.
“That is disappointing for him but no reason that he can’t find it again.”
Ibe, then, will be hoping to regain his place in the Liverpool side ahead of what looks set to be an epic clash with north London outfit Tottenham.
Spurs currently sit in second place in the Premier League, but the Reds will be hoping to put a major dent in their title challenge this weekend.
Looking ahead to the weekend's fixture, Aldridge has insisted that it should be a 'cracking' contest.
He stated: "There’s very rarely a dull game when Liverpool play Spurs and we’ve had the upper hand on them recently, albeit the first meeting this year was goalless in Jurgen Klopp’s first game as manager.
"It will be a cracking game at Anfield on Saturday because we know they’ll come to play and won’t sit back. I expect it to be really open.
"Liverpool can do Leicester a massive favour in the battle for the league if we can beat them.
"There couldn’t be a better game to help us get over this break from the Premier League and of course that huge disappointment suffered at St Mary’s after the high of Old Trafford."
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