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Ibe started just 12 league games for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp.

Jordan Ibe can thrive at Bournemouth following Liverpool departure

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It was an impressive Premier League debut for Bournemouth last season.

Despite being favourites for relegation back to the Championship, the Cherries comfortably stayed up with a 16th place finish, which was enough to see Eddie Howe's name thrown into the hat for next England manager.

Things weren't as good for Jordan Ibe though. The 20-year-old was all set for a breakthrough season after Raheem Sterling left Liverpool, but the winger failed to make an impression under Jurgen Klopp and made just 12 league starts.

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The decision to sell Ibe to Bournemouth came as a surprise to a number of Liverpool fans. Having joined the club as a 15-year-old from Wycombe, he was seen as a player with a long-term future with the Reds, and this seemed likely after some impressive first games on Merseyside.

A move to the south coast may be of benefit for the youngster, however.

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Eddie Howe has a record of giving young English players a chance in the first team, and after becoming his record signing for £15 million, Ibe looks certain to be given regular first team opportunities in the world’s most competitive league.

Bournemouth also play in a way that suits Ibe’s style. Unlike a number of teams who come from lower leagues, the Cherries don’t play long-ball football and miss out the midfield, instead, playing a passing game with more technically gifted players.

Ibe is a player who likes to get the ball down and run at defenders, and this was something we saw both Matt Ritchie and Junior Stanislas do for Bournemouth in the 2015/16 campaign.

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Given that Ritchie has now left the south coast to join Newcastle United, you would expect Ibe to have a regular place in the team, something he could thrive from.

It seems clear that the winger has all the attributes needed to succeed at the highest level, and all he needs is time on the pitch, something he will get at Bournemouth.

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Matt Ritchie
Callum Wilson
Steven Gerrard
Luis Suarez
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Premier League
Bournemouth
Eddie Howe
Jordan Ibe
Fernando Torres
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