Brendan Rodgers praises Jordan Ibe's loan spell at Derby County

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Brendan Rodgers believes Jordon Ibe's loan spell at Derby County helped the winger develop in to a much better player.

Ibe spent the first half of this season on loan at the Midlands club and netted five goals during his time at Pride Park and aided them to top the Championship during his time their.

The 19-year-old's impressive spell seen his loan deal end early as Rodgers recalled Ibe to meet up with the Liverpool first-team squad and become a key player in his side.

Ibe iwas top-class when returning to the Reds and was awarded man of the match during the 0-0 draw against bitter rivals Everton and nearly gave his team the three points when he first half effort crashed against the crossbar.

The former Wycombe Wanderers man's progress seen him awarded a new £35,000-a-week deal with Liverpool, which will be once again reviewed if he continues to improve.

And Rodgers feels that Ibe's time under Steve McClaren has been significantly beneficial for his improvements.

"He just needed experience. For young players, people forget that when you're playing in youth football and reserve football, you're playing in front of not so many people," the Northern Irishman told "When he went to Derby with Steve McClaren, they played a great level of football. Steve is a very experienced manager who has worked at all levels.

"He developed very, very well there. He certainly came back a young man and now the opportunity and responsibility is there for him to make the next step and become a regular.

"He's technically very, very good. He's very clean with his technique, both feet and a lovely touch on the ball.

"He's a player that you need to give instruction to, but not too much or you dampen all that flair and style that he has.

"For a winger, he can go the 90 minutes; he can get up and down the field, he wants to work hard with and without the ball.

"He has shown his flexibility. His best position is probably off the left side coming in, but left side or right side or at times in behind he can play very well."


Rodgers clearly is a great admirer of Ibe and he has a wealthy future ahead of him next season.

The London-native flourished in the second-half of the season and made 12 Premier League appearances, however, that tally would have been much more if he was not side-lined for a month with a knee injury.

It's likely he will be used heavily next season which will please Kopites as they regard him as a player who can help take Liverpool back into the Champions League. He has the attributes that every winger desires; pace, skills, a trick and quick feet and uses all to his advantage.

His performance against Everton was superb, likewise when the Reds beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield and was directly involved in all three of his side's goals that day.

Sterling Replacement

There has been plenty of speculation that Raheem Sterling will leave the Merseyside outfit this summer after reportedly rejecting a fresh £100,000-a-week contract.

Sterling's season has been decent, however, Reds fans aren't having nightmares if the England international leaves as they know they have a direct replacement already in Ibe. 

Ibe has arguably impressed more than Sterling in the second-half of the season; the former has a much better end product which the latter does not and Sterling's dreadful finishing has been increasingly frustrating.

Liverpool also have Jerome Sinclair and Sheyi Ojo on their books who are both pacey attackers and desperate to break into Rodgers' side.

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