Jordan Ibe wants to return an even better player

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Jordan Ibe is hopeful to return to the Liverpool team before the end of the season, reports Sky Sports.

Ibe was recalled early from his loan spell at Derby County in January to give Brendan Rodgers more attacking options.

The 19-year-old has been a sensational success since returning and performed well against Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the former Wycombe Wanderers man was forced off with a knee injury when Liverpool crashed out of the Europa League against Besiktas last month.

There has been no official date outlining Ibe's return but he remains confident he will step foot on the pitch before the campaign is over.

"I'm enjoying it and hopefully I can push on now, keep doing the gym sessions and hopefully get back into training soon and play again," he told

"I was a bit nervous coming back because I hadn't been out on the grass for four weeks, but everything is going well."

He added: "It was the ligament on the side of my knee and they said I could be out for six to eight weeks, but everything has gone smoothly from here and hopefully I can crack on now and get back in action.

"Things happen for a reason so hopefully I can just learn from this, build up the strength in my knee and come back stronger and hopefully be even better."


Despite only having a short stint in the Liverpool team, Ibe's presence has been missed on the right-wing.

Playing as a wing-back, the number 33 has adapted to the role maturely and been a revelation for his side.

Raheem Sterling appeared on the right-hand side during the Reds' 2-1 loss to Manchester United last Sunday and struggled. The England international was kept deep inside his own half by Daley Blind and barely had a chance to run at the United back-four.

However, Ibe has proved that he can pick the ball up deep inside his own segment of the pitch with men around him and powerfully drive past defenders to create chances for his side, as highlighted when winning a penalty during Liverpool's 1-0 win against Besiktas in the first-leg of Europa League last 32.

Top-Four Finish Difficult

Liverpool have not been the most fortunate when it has come down to injuries in the last few weeks.

Both Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge were both forced to pull out of England's squad to face Lithuania and the Reds look to be lacking attacking options ahead of their vital Premier League clash against Arsenal next week.

Ibe will not make that game, also, as well as the suspended pair of Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel.

As the Merseyside club push for a top-four finish, it is looking increasingly less likely.

Arsenal are in fine form and have picked up an outstanding 27 points out of 30 with Oliver Giroud starting to find his goal-scoring boots and a loss at the Emirates could all deny Liverpool any chance of a Champions League spot next season.

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