Jordan Ibe set to sign new deal with Liverpool

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Jordan Ibe is set to commit is long-term to Liverpool by signing a new five-year deal at the club, according to The Independent.

Ibe signed for the Reds in 2012 from Wycombe Wanders for an undisclosed fee and the 19-year-old came through the club's academy in Kirkby with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan.

The London-native made his debut for the Merseyside club in 2013 against Southampton, where he impressed and assisted Philippe Coutinho. Following his first Liverpool appearance, Ibe was loaned to Championship sides Birmingham City and Derby County, the latter from whom he was recalled earlier this season to join Brendan Rodgers' squad.

After impressing over the past three months since being brought back to Merseyside, the five-time European Cup winners are keen to tie-up Ibe and fend off any competition by rewarding him a long-term contract, reportedly worth around £30,000-a-week.

Contract Extensions

Ibe is just one of many young stars who Liverpool are in the process to keep on Merseyside and grant them long-term contracts.

Already this season, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge have put pen to paper to remain at Anfield for the long-foreseeable future and it seems that Rodgers' aim is to retain his top stars.

Jordan Henderson is too reported to being close to signing a new deal with the Reds worth £100,000-a-week and the club is working hard to persuade Raheem Sterling to stay at Anfield after he rejected a fresh contract worth the same amount. Youngster Flanagan is also soon to sign a new deal as his current contract runs out this June.

Ibe One For Future

Ibe has always been highly regarded as one for the future in the Liverpool team, however, he has quickly developed a key player in Rodgers' squad.

Since returning from Derby, he's has looked top-class in all of his appearances. He was rightly rewarded man of the match in the 0-0 draw against Everton, were his crashing shot almost snatched his side the three points. He has also been impressive during wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Besiktas.

Ibe sat out of last Sunday's miserable 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the semi-final of the FA Cup due to being cup-tied and you could see how much his presence was missed. Little width was afforded throughout the game, a trait that Ibe always offers, and there wasn't the same level of aggression that is present when he is on the pitch.

There is tough competition for the England U21 international at Anfield. Sterling is a similar player, likewise Lazar Markovic who, despite now showing his true ability yet, has plenty of potential in an attacking role.

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