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Jordan Ibe explains decision to leave Liverpool

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When Jurgen Klopp first arrived at Anfield, it looked like Jordan Ibe would emerge as a seriously top talent in English football.

But as last season progressed, Ibe fell out of favour and became an outcast in Klopp's Liverpool squad.

Unwilling to see his career stagnate for another year, the 20-year-old made the surprising decision to move south and join Bournemouth for £15 million at the start of the summer.

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Ibe became the Cherries' record signing and has now opened up on what made him leave Anfield after such a promising start to his stint under Klopp.

Surprisingly, Ibe has claimed there isn't actually much difference between his new and former clubs.

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In an interview with The Times, Ibe revealed how the transfer came about: "The manager [Klopp] told me that Eddie Howe showed interest and not being in the Europa League and Champions League there would be limited chances to play so I thought it would be the best move to come here," he said.

“It was a tough one but I needed to think what was best for me, which is playing, and when you scale it up Liverpool and Bournemouth are fighting for the same things.

"Liverpool are not in the Europa League so would it really make a difference? And I would have more chances to play at Bournemouth than Liverpool so it doesn’t really matter.”

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Such a bold statement from the former Red is particularly unexpected given Liverpool are presumed to challenge for a spot in the top four and possibly even the title, while surely just staying away from the relegation zone would represent a good year for Howe's men.

The Bournemouth boss was linked with the England job before Sam Allardyce was announced as Roy Hodgson's successor and Ibe says Howe played a big role in convincing him to join the Cherries.

He added: “He gives me that confidence. If we are doing something wrong, he stops it and shows us what to do and give us another chance. I have seen how he is just more of a friend to players.

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"They play passing football which I like. They have a lot of young players. I just feel as if it is another chance to develop and have a better chance to become a better player."

Liverpool fans will be disappointed with Ibe's comments as they had hoped the young winger would fill the void left by Raheem Sterling 12 months ago.

But Sadio Mane's big money move to Anfield will reassure supporters that there should be no shortage of creativity from the wings this season.

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