Brendan Rodgers praises Jordon Ibe

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has heaped praise of teenager Jordon Ibe after he was thrown into the team for the Merseyside derby against Everton on Saturday evening, reports BBC Sport.

It was Ibe who came closest to breaking the deadlock in the game too, striking the post with a fantastic effort from outside the box.

He was ready

The youngster, recalled from a productive loan spell at Championship high-flyers Derby County, was only told he would be starting the game on Friday, but there were no signs of nerves.

Rodgers told the BBC: "I've just been waiting to put Jordon in. "I had no qualms about putting him in, it was a brilliant performance.

"He was unfortunate not to score with that great strike but he's got a wonderful temperament and technique and tactically he was very, very good coming into that system, knowing when to go forward and when to tuck in."

Monumental Merseyside derby

While Ibe was appearing in his first Merseyside derby, Steven Gerrard was playing in his 33rd and almost certainly his last encounter with Everton.

Gerrard also praised Ibe, as he told reporters: "Jordon was fantastic and was man of the match. It was a sensational performance from him and he's got a big future."

Ibe scored five goals in 22 games during his loan spell at Derby which helped guide the Rams to second place in the Championship.

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