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Ibe appears unsure on a move to Bournemouth.

Jordan Ibe wants to consider his options before leaving Liverpool for Bournemouth

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There was a sense of confusion amongst football fans when reports revealed Liverpool had accepted Bournemouth's £15 million bid for Jordan Ibe.

Many believed manager Jurgen Klopp was a fan of the exciting 20-year-old yet it would seem that isn't the case anymore.

Quite how Klopp's mind could have changed so quickly is anyone's guess, but Ibe didn't perform to expectations last season and that might have played a role.

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Nevertheless, Liverpool want to cut their losses and Premier League minnows Bournemouth appear to be very interested.

But no sooner than the Reds accepted the offer did the potential deal hit a snag.

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According to the Telegraph, Ibe wants to weigh up his options before making a decision on his uncertain future.

The English youngster has held talks with Eddie Howe over a potential move but will wait to see if any other potential suitors come knocking.

As mentioned, Liverpool are more than happy to ship Ibe, but it would seem he's happy to bide his time in the knowledge his career at Anfield is up.

It's a shame really. The youngster showed much promise at the beginning of last season but faded into obscurity, making a large amount of appearances in 2016 from the bench.

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Another outcast who could be set for pastures new is Mario Balotelli, who has reportedly been told to find a new club despite returning to Liverpool training recently.

After spending a year on loan at AC Milan, it would appear the Italian holds no place in Klopp's plans moving forward.

Let's not forget, Liverpool have plenty of attacking options at their disposal - they can afford to lose Balotelli.

Serie A outfit Sampdoria have been linked with a move for the enigmatic 25-year-old, with club president Massimo Ferrero confident he can rebuild his tattered career in his homeland.

He said: “Balotelli is Balotelli’s worst enemy.

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“Like (Antonio) Cassano is Cassano’s worst enemy. He’s a great player whose been stuck back in the 1960s.

“He could relaunch [his career] at a passionate club like ours, but he’s still a bit confused. I’ve tried to tell him to come to Samp because he’s a great talent.”

Christian Benteke could be another heading for the exit amidst £30 million interest from Crystal Palace and West Ham.

The Belgian completed a blockbuster £32.5 million move from Aston Villa last summer but endured a nightmare debut campaign on Merseyside, failing to replicate any of his goalscoring heroics from the previous term.

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