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Ibe has completed a £15m move to Bournemouth.

Twitter reacts as Jamie Redknapp claims Ibe has "more natural ability" than Sterling

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Jordan Ibe's confirmed £15 million move to Bournemouth was met by mixed reaction amongst Liverpool fans.

Some claimed it was a sound piece of business from Jurgen Klopp; others felt the 20-year-old had more to offer at Anfield.

The funds generated from his move will likely be used elsewhere and, if another big-name signing arrives, Klopp will be hailed for his decision.

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However, it would seem one Liverpool legend is a big fan of Ibe and perhaps sad to see him leave, despite the tidy transfer fee received.

According to Jamie Redknapp, the England youngster has "more natural ability" than predecessor Raheem Sterling.

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He told the Daily Echo, per Goal: "I think it's a great piece of business for Bournemouth. Although it's a lot of money, when you look at the current climate he is the sort of player who in a couple of years could be worth double that because he's got fantastic pace and can dribble and shoot.

"I'd like to see him add more goals to his game but I think he'll be a fantastic signing and especially given he will be working with Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall, who get the best out of young players.

"Bournemouth is a great place to learn and develop and he fits what the club wants. Before you know it, he could be in the England squad.

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"I think he has more natural ability than Raheem Sterling. Anything Raheem Sterling struggles with, Jordon Ibe can do. I would hate to play against him with his pace and power.

"Sometimes when a young player goes to a big club, you can get lost a bit. He was in Raheem Sterling's shadow when he first got in the team and then had a couple of games where it didn't really work out."

And here's how Twitter users reacted to Redknapp's claim, with Sterling, unsurprisingly, the subject of abuse.

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Based on Redknapp's verdict, Ibe could prove to be a case of 'what could have been' for Liverpool.

Fans will certainly hope that doesn't transpire, but the Reds have enough attacking options at their disposal to cope.

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Following Sadio Mane's £34 million arrival last month, Liverpool's attacking ranks now consist of the Senegalese, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Divock Origi, Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli.

The latter two are set for moves away from Anfield, of course, but the thought of Klopp picking from such a talented list of players is a salivating one.

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