Jordan Ibe rejects new Liverpool contract

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Jordan Ibe has become the latest Liverpool player to stall on signing a new contract at the club, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The Reds' off-field contract negotiations have dominated headlines the season, with Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel yet to extend their time at Anfield as well as Jordan Henderson's protest before inking a new £100,000 a week five-year deal.

Brendan Rodgers has been keen to tie up players who've impressed him this campaign with Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho both committing their long-term future to the club.

Since returning on loan from Derby County, Ibe has become a key player in Rodgers' side making seven appearances and the Liverpool boss is keen to keep the 19-year-old on the Anfield books.

However, reports suggest that Ibe has rejected a £25,000 a week deal which would have trebled his £7,000 a week he currently earns.

The news emerged has put Manchester City on high alert, who look to add to the number of home grown players in their squad.

Last week, Ibe revealed that he does not have an agent and allows his mother and father to do all of his negotiations as he believes his parents are better suited to look after his best interests than an agent looking to line their pockets.

Clearly, Mr and Mrs Ibe see Liverpool's wage offer as sub-par to the wingers recent contributions to the team. 

Since returning from Derby, Ibe has been significantly used by Rodgers and would have stamped even more authority on his role in the former Swansea City manager's starting XI if he did not pick up a knee injury in February that kept him side-lined for a month.


When Ibe is seeing his good friend Sterling reject a £100,000 a week contract for a £180,000 a week wage packet, it seems clear that he feels under-valued. 

The England U20 international is likely to heavily feature in Rodgers' side next campaign, especially as Liverpool look to be qualifying for the Europa League. As his importance increases, Ibe will not want to see fringe players sitting on the bench most weeks walking away with a bigger pay check than he earns.

It is a reason why some have sympathised with Sterling during his contract negotiations. Sterling has been the figurehead of the Merseyside outfits front-line for the majority of the campaign, however, seen the likes of Glen Johnson, Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini sit on the bench and earn significantly more. 

If Ibe is to be regarded as one of Rodgers' key players, he should earn the money that reflects that. He is still a teenager, however, his contributions to the Liverpool team are beyond his age.


Ibe joined Liverpool from Wycombe Wanderers aged 16 and has always been highly touted. 

He was top-class on loan at Derby earlier in the season, netting five goals for Steve McClaren's men and was awarded man of the match on a number of occasions. His efforts at Pride Park seen him recalled early by Rodgers.

Ibe is yet to make his debut for England U21s, however, is expected to be named in Gareth Southgate's squad for the U21s European Championship were he is likely to feature heavily.

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