After four years at Liverpool, this summer finally saw Jordon Ibe’s Anfield tenure come to an end. The 20-year-old never truly forced his way into the first-team and looked in search of more regular football.
A £15 million move to AFC Bournemouth proved the answer and the England Under-21 star has revealed his excitement over the transfer.
The winger has even hinted that a dislike of Jurgen Klopp’s playing style was a major reason behind the departure.
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According to Goal.com, Ibe offered the follow explanation: "I like the philosophy the manager has got here and there are a lot of good, young players so it's a good place for me to kick on and do well,
"The team play the same style of football as Brendan Rodgers used to play at Liverpool, which is something that I like.
"I like that style of play and he's a very good manager. He has a lot of young players here and I believed everything he told me.”
It appears that, while many Liverpool fans were happy to see the back of Rodgers, Ibe was upset by the departure.
The comments certainly suggest that the Rodgers-Klopp switch negatively impacted his Anfield career and the Northen Irishman’s playing style suited him far better.
As a result, it seems the similarities between Eddie Howe and Rodgers proved a huge selling point. Nevertheless, it must be acknowledged that increased playing time likely played a large role also.
This should perhaps prove surprising given that last season saw Ibe racked up 41 appearances, smashing his previous best of 14 outings. Considering the vast majority of last season was commanded under Klopp, you’d be easily mistaken to think the pair worked well together.
However, the 20-year-old has gone from scoring Liverpool’s last league goal of the season to reveling in a move to Bournemouth in a matter of months.
It seems Ibe is still frustrated by Rodgers’ exit; not everyone is a fan of Klopp and his style after all.
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